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Van Dyck discovered by British TV programme fails to sell

Published on Jul 9, 2014 6:07 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A lost Van Dyck painting spotted on a British television programme failed to find a buyer at a Tuesday auction despite estimates it would fetch 1,000 times its original price.

Auctioneers Christie’s had estimated the sketch for the 1635 work The Magistrates Of Brussels would sell for between £300,000 and £500,000 (S$639,000 to S$1.06 million), but it did not find a buyer.

It had originally been bought for £400 from an antiques shop in Cheshire, northern England, by Catholic priest Father Jamie MacLeod.

In December, MacLeod took the bargain painting onto Antiques Roadshow, a BBC television programme on which hopeful antique hunters have their purchases valued by experts.

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