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Fine art treasures go under the hammer

David Fletcher with a work by Eduoard Leon Cortes.

David Fletcher with a work by Eduoard Leon Cortes.

An exceptional collection of art attracting international interest goes up for auction in Bedford on Friday.

The Robert Room at W&H Peacock in Newnham Street, Bedford will be the setting for the fine art sale on Friday, January 3 which is expected to attract bidders from as far afield as New York and Bejing.

W&H Peacock’s expert David Fletcher will be auctioning the art which includes a collection of modern pictures formed by Douglas Wight of Biggleswade.

The most important work is by post impressionist Eduoard Leon Cortes.

David, who regularly appears as an expert on BBC TV’s Flog It, said: “The collection of 40 pictures is spiced with pictures by French artists including Eduoard Leon Cortes (1882 1969), Charles Camoin (1879-1965) and Jean Rigaud (1912-1999) as well as artists as diverse as the Australian Norman Lloyd (1897 – 1985) and the Italian Ulderico Marotto (1890-1967).”

The Robert Room houses regular antique and fine arts sales where prices rival any of those in the country as bidders compete by phone and on the internet.

At the most recent sale on Friday, December 6 a table clock went for £15,000 in a sale.

Founded in 1901, W&H Peacock have been conducting weekly auction sales in and around Bedford for over a century.

The variety of goods sold over the years has increased and as well as selling antiques, collectables, furniture, and other effects W&H Peacock now regularly auction plant and machinery, cars, vans, lorries, catering equipment as well as the whole range of modern domestic appliances and modern IT equipment.

In addition they now hold regular specialist auctions including jewellery, rock & pop memorabilia, sporting guns, 20th century design and collectable toys.

 

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