Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hounds Paintings Pack Big Surprise

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hounds Paintings Pack Big Surprise

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Byline: By Sara Wallis

Two oil paintings of North East hunting hounds have sold for an amazing pounds 48,000 after a Trans-Atlantic bidding battle.

The Victorian paintings were expected to fetch pounds 19,000 at auction on Tuesday, in San Francisco.

But the pictures, by tragic artist Henry Frederick Lucas-Lucas, were snapped up by a mystery buyer on the phone from London, who outbid a mystery fellow telephone bidder from New York.

After years in America the works of art from the region are now on their way home.

The paintings, titled A Group of Percy Bitches and A Group of Percy Hounds, were auctioned by Bonhams & Butterfields. They were just two in a collection of 147 dog paintings in the auction.

The whole lot went for nearly pounds 371,000. Two other Lucas-Lucas paintings sold for pounds 12,208 and pounds 2,730.

The Percy Bitches and the Percy Hounds were the top selling paintings in the auction and set a new world record for work by the artist. …

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