$47 John Constable painting valued at $390,000



2015-06-26 13:24:50

$47 John Constable painting valued at $390,000

A tiny John Constable painting bought at an auction for $47 has been deemed genuine

A postcard-sized painting bought in a 30 ($47) job lot has been revealed as a genuine John Constable (1776-1837), live on TV.

Art expert Curtis Dowling told the BBC on Sunday (September 1):

"It's a Constable and it's never been seen properly before, so it's part of history, it will cause a stir and become a celebrity item," before valuing the piece at around 250,000 ($390,000).

John Constable's The Lock Auction World Record Christie's The Lock holds the Constable auction record

The item's owner, Curtis Dowling, revealed his father bought the work as part of a box of items a decade ago at an auction inKent, UK.

Constables have a habit of turning up unexpectedly. Coleorton Hall, a "lost" sketch, auctioned in London for 67,250 ($101,393) in July.

Theauction record for Constable's work is held by The Lock, which sold for 22.4m ($35.2m) in July 2012.

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