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The £5 Collins ‘masterpiece!’

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The £5 Collins ‘masterpiece!’ thumbnailThe William Collins painting which could be worth hundreds of pounds was found in a Portglenone charity shop. GB3916R p1

A PAINTING by renowned artist, William Collins, has been bought in a Portglenone charity shop for just £5.
The picture - a study of fruit - could be worth hundreds of pounds!
The watercolour is one of only a few Collins produced and bears his signature.
A Guardian reader who bought the painting had it professionally assessed and it was confirmed as genuine.
William Collins RA was born in London on September 8, 1788 and died on February 17, 1847.
He was an English landscape and genre painter and at one point in the late 19th century his work was more popular and highly valued than even that of J M W Turner or John Constable.
Collins exhibited at the Royal Academy every year from 1807-46 and showed 45 pictures at the British Institution.
Today his works are included in the collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Britain.
Our reader paid £5 for the painting but Collins' work can fetch up to £500!
The watercolour is in perfect condition having been protected by a glass frame for years.
The purchaser has indicated he will make a donation to charity.

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