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Constable's painting sets auction record at Christie's

07-06-2012 17:47 BJT

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A major work by British landscape artist John Constable has sold for 22.4 million pounds at Christie's on Tuesday, setting a new auction record for the painter.

"The Lock" is one of a celebrated series of six large-scale canvases and had been expected to fetch 20-25 million pounds. The painting is the last of the series in private hands and had been housed in a Madrid Museum.

It’s sale by a Spanish Baroness sparked criticism from her own family and leading figures in the art world. The painting was completed in 1824, one of the most important years in Constable’s career which saw "The Hay Wain", arguably his most famous work, exhibited at the Paris Salon.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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