Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Artist Who Sold Just One Painting Dies Leaving Haul Worth Thousands ; More Than 100 Works of Art by Recluse Are to Go under the Hammer with the Proceeds Going to Charity

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Artist Who Sold Just One Painting Dies Leaving Haul Worth Thousands ; More Than 100 Works of Art by Recluse Are to Go under the Hammer with the Proceeds Going to Charity

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ARECLUSIVE artist who sold just one painting during his lifetime has left behind a valuable haul of art believed to be worth thousands.

Prolific artist Robert Whitaker, 85, died in January and left behind 121 pieces of art which are due to be auctioned off next month.

An art expert has described Whitaker - who was a contemporary of LS Lowry - as an accomplished artist of great merit.

His work depicts numerous street and crowd scenes including bowlers at Victoria Park, Park, V Swinton, and a fun day at Salford's Buile Hill Park.

Whitaker was raised in Moss Side and moved to Regent Road with his brother Erik when they were teenagers.

The brothers died just months apart.

His work will now go on sale at Bolton Auction Rooms on Thursday November 6, from 6pm.

Only one other piece of the artist's work has previously been sold at auction. All money raised from the sale will be donated anonymously to a charity.

Bill Clark, owner of Hale-based northern art specialists Clark Art, said there is very little known about Whitaker. …

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