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PICTURE PROVES A HIDDEN TREASURE

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A painting bought by a school in Wales nearly 50 years ago could raise up to£300,000 when it is auctioned at Sothe...
A painting bought by a school in Wales nearly 50 years ago could raise up to£300,000 when it is auctioned at Sotheby's.

The Victorian painting, The Daughters of Eve, was bought by staff at Llantarnam Comprehensive School in Cwmbran in 1954.

They paid£250 for the work by George Dunlop Leslie, which shows three girls picking apples in an orchard. Sotheby's says the painting could now be sold for between£200,000 and£300,000 at auction on 15 June.

The money will be used to replace leaking mobile classrooms where many of the school's 1,250 pupils are taught.

'Victorian paintings have recently become fashionable. It would have been expensive a couple of years ago but wouldn't have raised major funds for the school,' Torfaen CBC said.
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