£2m prediction for Edinburgh art auction

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A HUGE collection of Scottish art amassed across 20 years by a private collector in Canada is to be sold in Edinburgh – and is tipped to fetch £2 million.

Works by the likes of Samuel Peploe, Francis Cadell, J D Fergusson, William McTaggart, George Henry, Arthur Melville, Anne Redpath and Joan Eardley will go under the hammer at Bonhams, in Queen Street, on September 12.

The collection, whose owner wishes to remain anonymous, will be previewed in New York, Paris and London before returning to Scotland to be sold.

Head of Scottish pictures at Bonhams in the Capital, Chris Brickley, said: “This is one of the most rounded collections I have seen in many years, rich in quality and put together with great love and attention.

“I’m sure our buyers will jump at the chance to view it when the pictures come home, and fully expect to convert some new enthusiasts to Scottish art along the way.

“Many of these works have a real universal appeal.”