A painting which was sold for £300 in 1964 is now set to fetch up to £1m when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s in London.
The Guardian reports that When A Dawn, a painting by CRW Nevinson of haggard French troops marching to the front in 1914, is now regarded as one of the English artist’s finest works, and as one of the great paintings of the first world war.
“I hesitate to say a career-best, because it makes the rest of my career seem rather boring, but I never expect to handle a better painting by Nevinson,” said Simon Hucker, an expert at Sotheby’s on 20th century British art. “It is a great painting, every inch of the canvas fully resolved, down to the way the men break down at the very back of the picture into mere geometric forms.”
The Independent tells us of strange sightings in Wales where dozens of octopuses have been spotted crawling out of the water and making their way up a beach in New Quay, Ceredigon. Some experts said the phenomenon may have been caused by recent storms.
An article in the Daily Mail informs us of the death at Bristol Zoo of the world’s first gorilla to receive fertility treatment to help her conceive. Keepers says that mother-of-three Salome has passed away at the age of 41.
She gave birth to her first baby at Chessington Zoo in 1988, and in 2004 made history when she became the first gorilla in the world to receive fertility treatment.
According to The Guardian, a 950-capacity pop-up open-air theatre modelled on Shakespeare’s Rose will be erected next summer on a car park in York, to host a three month season of Shakespeare plays.
The original Rose was built in 1587 on London’s South Bank, and rediscovered in 1989. Its foundations gave the first concrete evidence of the dimensions of a Shakespearean theatre.
York’s Shakespeare Rose Theatre will be built from scaffolding, timber and corrugated iron, with 600 seats and room for 350 ‘groundlings’ with no seat further than 15 metres from the stage.
Whoops! The BBC says that a dram of vintage Scotch bought by a Chinese millionaire in a Swiss hotel bar for £7,600 was a fake.
Zhang Wei, from Beijing, had paid just under 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,600, $10,050) for the single shot from an unopened bottle labelled as an 1878 Macallan single malt while visiting the hotel’s Devil’s Place whisky bar.
But laboratory tests in Scotland revealed that it was almost certainly not distilled before 1970.
The hotel said it had accepted the findings and reimbursed the customer in full.
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