Friday, 4 December 2009

Hughes' Valkyrie

Here is the sale of a painting I regard as more newsworthy than that of the Rubens below. Edward Robert Hughes was a great British master, and his Dream Idyll (or Valkyrie) is a gobsmacker. Last October it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York sale of 19th Century European Art including Important British Paintings, Lot 37, estimated value £90,645 ($150,000). I assume it is now lost to the Nation. Not a flicker of interest from BBC News. Not expensive enough? Not a big enough name? No fat-cat BBC deal with Sotherby's New York? Gone! Where? Auntie doesn't give a fig!


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