Renaissance art under the hammer in auction

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A FRAMED charcoal drawing attributed to Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Perugino proved to be the star attraction at a Market Rasen auction.

As reported previously in the Market Rasen Mail, Perkins, George Mawer & Co’s Antique Sale last Thursday, September 8, featured several items from the collection of the late highly respected antiquarian Sir Geoffrey Harmsworth of Tealby.

The Marriage of the Virgin, with reported American interested, reached £10,000.

Other items in the late Sir Geoffrey’s collection also attracted some competitive bidding, with the signed photo of Tennyson selling for £900 and the photo of Hitler with Lord Rothermere fetching £560.

There was keen demand too for prints and watercolours from well known artists including Harry Hine, H.B. Brabazon, William Callow and F.P. Barraud.

Indeed, a watercolour by Carmichael of a river scene with Lincoln Cathedral in the background realised the top price, £4,000.

The sale drew a large attendance to the Corn Exchange, where a catalogue of about 730 lots were offered

And as well as the on-site bidders, the auction house received support from commissions, as well as a number of telephone bids.

“It was nice to have such a range of high quality items in one sale,” said auctioneer Geoff Cooper.

“There was a good crowd all day, with lots of interest.”