Auctioned art set to fetch £4.5m
Published 09/12/2011 | 20:27
A series of paintings expected to fetch more than £4.5 million at auction have been unveiled, including a masterpiece discovered in a beach hut.
Christie's previewed the collection of paintings and drawings from the Pre-Raphaelites to the British Impressionists ahead of the auction on December 15.
Derby Day, by William Powell Frith, was recently discovered in an unlocked American beach house and is estimated to sell for between £300,000 and £500,000.
Peter Brown, director of Victorian Pictures at Christie's, said: "Derby Day is a tremendous picture, and an immensely exciting discovery.
"It is a real joy to look at all the characters interacting at the Epsom Derby and witness this fascinating account of Victorian life.
"We are very pleased to be offering it at auction, 150 years since we first did, next Thursday at Christie's Victorian & British Impressionist sale in London."
Among other highlights were the original painting of the famous Christmas card design Our Lady of the Fruits of the Earth, by Frank Cadogan Cowper.
It is estimated to raise between £150,000 and £250,000.
A wide selection of works relating to the recent Victoria & Albert exhibition The Cult of Beauty, currently on show at the Paris Musee d'Orsay - are also for sale.
They include Sir John Everett Millais' Miss Gertude Vanderbilt (£200,000 - £300,000); John Atkinson Grimshaw's Good Counsel (£200,000 - £300,000); Charles Edward Perugini's The Ramparts (£150,000 - £200,000) and Dame Laura Knight's A Girl Reading (£100,000 - £150,000).