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Painting Fails To Sell

Sir Stanley Spencer Painting

3:20pm 12th April 2013

A painting expected to sell for £300,000 failed to make the cut in Dorchester.

The landscape piece painted by Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959)  was up for auction at Duke's yesterday (11th April).

The retired owners decided to sell after reading reports that major works by Spencer were selling for up to £5 million, they decided it was too valuable to keep hanging on the wall of their flat. The painting was acquired in 1952 from artist London dealer Arthur Tooth & Sons Limited for £170.00.

The painting is entitled "Potato Patch Rostrevor" and was painted by the artist when he was staying at the home of his friends, the Stevenson's, in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland.

The reserve price wasn't reached, but the auctioneers say due to lots of interest there is a possibility of an after sale.

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