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El Greco painting sets new record at London auction

Published on Jul 4, 2013 7:15 AM

LONDON (AFP) - El Greco's 400 year-old painting Saint Dominic In Prayer on Wednesday broke the record for a Spanish Old Master, selling at a London auction for 9.2 million pounds (S$17.6 million).

The painting was one of two El Greco works on sale at the sale, said Mr Alex Bell, worldwide head of Sotheby's Old Master Paintings.

It went under the hammer following a "tenacious" battle between bidders, he added.

The painting represents the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order kneeling and praying besides a crucifix under a dark and swirling sky.

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