Oxford pensioner's paintings worth millions

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A collection of paintings found in a pensioner's modest house was worth more than £2.7 million.

After Jean Preston died two years ago, two paintings by the Renaissance artist Fra Angelico were found behind the door of the spare room in her two-up, two-down terraced home in Oxford. The works sold for £1.7 million at auction, a record for a sale outside London.

Guy Schwinge, of Duke's auction house in Dorchester, Dorset, said: "Her family told us that there may be some interesting works of art inside her house. That was something of an understatement.

"In almost every room there were works of art that were quite staggering in their sheer quality and importance."

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