Lowry collection raises £5m at auction

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A private collection of work by Salford-born artist LS Lowry has reached more than £5m at auction.

Bookmaking tycoon Selwyn Demmy put up the collection of 21 paintings and drawings for auction.

Christie's, which held the auction in London, said the collection was "the most extensive overview of Lowry's work ever to come to auction".

An oil painting - The Steps, Irk Place, 1928 - raised the highest amount at £713,250.

The painting, showing an area behind Victoria Station in Manchester called Irk Street where Lowry worked as a rent collector, had been valued at £400,000 to £600,000.

The collection, spanning a period from the 1920s to the 1960s, included landscapes and seascapes as well as the industrial scenes for which Lowry was particularly known....

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