LS Lowry painting rediscovered

  • 23 August 2007

A painting by LS Lowry rediscovered after 57 years in a private collection could fetch as much as £1 million when it is auctioned at Sotheby’s in London.

Experts claim the work, entitled A Fairground, is a “new and momentous addition” to the artist’s collection. Depicting a fair in Beswick in Manchester, the work was painted in 1938 but never catalogued.

James Rawlin, head of 20th Century British art at the London auction house, said: “The work is not mentioned in any books and has never been exhibited as far as anyone can ascertain. It is a genuine rediscovery. It has been in the hands of a British family all these years. They have always known what it was and have decided now is the time to sell it.”

Another Lowry painting, The Football Match, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on December 13, and is also tipped to fetch up to £1 million.

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