Lost Hunter masterpiece fetches £250k

A PAINTING put up for auction after its owner learned of its possible value in the Evening News broke world records when it was snapped up for almost £250,000.

A lost masterpiece by Leslie Hunter, which had been hanging in a private home in the Capital, has been sold for 249,750 at Bonhams' Made in Scotland sale.

The three-day sale, which ended yesterday, saw more than 2 million bid for over 1000 antiques. The bidding also saw one of the earliest known paintings of a football game snapped up for more than five times more than expected.

The Village Ba'Game by Scottish artist Alexander Carse went under the hammer for 266,250 - smashing expectations of 30,000 to 50,000.

The price paid for the Hunter painting was a world record for the artist, one of the Scottish Colourists.

Experts expected the picture to reach around 150,000 to 200,000.

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