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Constable's The Lock fetches £22.4 million at auction
8:52am Wednesday 4th July 2012 in News
A PAINTING of the Stour Valley by John Constable sold at auction for a record £22,441,250.
The Lock, completed by the East Bergholt-born romantic painter in 1824, was the fifth in a celebrated series of six large-scale paintings of the valley which were exhibited between 1819 and 1825.
The Lock had been housed in Madrid's Bornemisza Museum but was sold by owner Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, a former Miss Spain.
The sum paid at Christie’s by the anonymous buyer makes the painting one of the most expensive British works of art ever sold. It also fetched a world record price at auction for Constable.