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Recently discovered Gauguin to go on sale in London

Published on Jun 11, 2014 6:19 AM
Carabinieri stand next to the two paintings stolen in London in the 1970s by French artists Paul Gauguin "Fruits sur une table ou nature au petit chien", (left) and Pierre Bonnard "La femme aux deux fauteuils" on April 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A previously unknown painting by French artist Paul Gauguin is expected to fetch £1.2 million (S$2.5 million) when it goes on sale in London later this month.

Auction house Bonhams said that the still-life work, entitled "Bouquet De Roses", was completely unknown before the anonymous seller was contacted.

It is thought that the 1884 oil canvas depicting yellow roses, a traditional symbol of friendship, was originally given to a local politician in Rouen, France.

The influential artist was just 36 when he made the work, at a time when he was looking to support his family through his artwork after losing his job as a stockbroker due to a financial crisis.

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