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    An eighteenth-century painting by English master Thomas Gainsborough was auctioned in London on Wednesday (July 19) for GBP280,000 sterling -- a world record price for an English artist's work.

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    An eighteenth-century painting by English master Thomas Gainsborough was auctioned in London on Wednesday (July 19) for GBP280,000 sterling -- a world record price for an English artist's work.

    The painting, known as 'the picture of Mr. and Mrs. Grosvenor and their daughters' depicts a family in a landscape setting. It belonged to middle-aged twin sisters, whose family--descendants of those in the picture-had held it in their possession since it was completed in 1748. It was previously unrecognised as a genuine Gainsborough.

    This film, showing the painting on view in the auction rooms of Sotheby's, the London auction firm which handled the sale, also shows the bidding in progress. It is provided with a voice-on-film commentary, a transcript of which appears below, and an ALTERNATIVE written commentary appears overpage.

    SYNOPSIS: An eighteenth-century painting by English artist Thomas Gainsborough, known as 'the picture of Mr. and Mrs. Grosvenor and their daughters' was auctioned in London on Wednesday. It was sold for two-hundred-and-eighty-thousand pounds-sterling -- a world record price for the work of an English artist. Unrecognised as a genuine Gainsborough, it had been hung in a private home--after being passed down through generations of the family descended from the people in the picture. The owners, twin sisters, were in fact great-grand-daughters of the girl in white seated in front.

    The sisters, who were present at the auction, had the painting valued and certified only recently. It turned out to be not only a genuine Gainsborough, but also one of the artist's finest works--painted in seventeen-forty-eight, when he was twenty-one. The bidding for it came quickly.

    The dealer who finally won was acting for an anonymous, private English collector. He said the painting would be hung in England, although not for public viewing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC4LW2M2BI7Z7QRI8CDWAH56CH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC4LW2M2BI7Z7QRI8CDWAH56CH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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