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Constable sold off for £17k

SOLIHULL Council's original John Constable sketch of Malvern Hall was sold at auction on Tuesday for more than £17,000.

SOLIHULL Council's original John Constable sketch of Malvern Hall was sold at auction on Tuesday for more than £17,000.

Two weeks ago, the council announced plans to sell the artwork in a bid to raise cash to fill a £4 million deficit in its budget.

Constable's sketch was bought by a private owner at Bonham's auctioneers in Knightbridge, London, as the 'star lot' at its sale of 18th and 19th Century Watercolours and Drawings.

The buyer paid £17,400 for the artwork, which fell short of the £20,000 estimated sale price.

The sketch of the Hall - now home to St Martin's School - was commissioned by the then owner, Henry Greswolde during the early 1800s and one of the Hall's paintings now hangs in Tate Britain.

And a copy of the sketch still remains in the civic centre.

 

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