Shock as Sussex auction house sells £200 painting for £52,000

An 18th-century oil-on-wood portrait of a man with a bugle was one of the lots up for sale at Burstow and Hewett’s last auction in 2020.

The auction house had estimated the framed, unsigned painting at £ 200 to £ 300.

But the bids quickly exceeded that estimate and the painting was eventually sold to a telephone bidder for £ 52,000.

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Burstow and Hewett of Lower Lake in Battle said of the December 11th sale, “Our last auction of the year was an incredible success.

“We’re still in shock!”

The sale rounded off an “incredible” year for Burstow and Hewett. Despite the bans and Covid-19 restrictions, auctioneer Mark Ellin and the team saw some amazing sales.

One of the highlights was Mr Doodle’s Jungle Book, an acrylic on canvas auctioned on October 15.

Burstow and Hewett had estimated the work of art at between 7,000 and 10,000 pounds.

However, this too sold for far more than estimate and eventually went under the hammer for £ 55,000.

Burstow and Hewett is slated to reopen on January 4th after the Christmas break.

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