VALUABLE PAINTNG - PURCHASED AT GARAGE SALE - SELLS FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS

May 09, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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More proof that many people don’t know what treasures they may have in their homes.

Britain’s National Portrait Gallery is about to display a miniature 16th Century portrait of Queen Elizabeth the First that was found in a household clearance sale.

The gallery bought the miniature at auction late last year for a little over half a million dollars.

Curator Dr Tarnya Cooper says it’s “extraordinarily unusual” that such an important work has remained unseen. She tells the BBC the history of the work is unknown:

The painting dates from around 1590. It’s thought it was created by Isaac Oliver. The miniature shows Elizabeth in a classical scene based on the Greek myth The Judgement of Paris.

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