Thursday, 8 July 2010

Turner Record

At Sotheby's Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale yesterday, JMW Turner's Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino (1839) fetched £29.7m, a record price for a Turner at auction. It pole-vaulted over its estimated value of £12m-£18m. The 5th Earl of Rosebery bought the painting in 1878 while on honeymoon with his wife Hannah Rothschild. A descendant put it up for auction.


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