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Art: Rediscovered Van Dyck fails to sell at auction

July 9, 2014



It was the most valuable piece of artwork ever identified in the 36-year history of the Antiques Roadshow.

But the triumph of discovering a rare 17th-century Van Dyck painting was deflated last night after the work failed to sell at auction.

Fiona Bruce, the show's presenter, first spotted the oil painting in December last year and had a hunch it could be a genuine piece by the Flemish artist. After restoration work the painting, called Head Study of a Man in a Ruff, was verified by a leading authority on Van Dyck.

Bought in a Cheshire antiques shop 12 years ago for pounds 400 by Father Jamie MacLeod, it had been estimated to sell for up to pounds 500,000. MacLeod had planned to use the proceeds to buy bells for his church. Auctioneers Christie's described the work as an "important rediscovery". Hannah Ellis-Petersen



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Source: Guardian (UK)


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