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Painting sets new record for Sworders

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The hammer went down on a new sale record for Stansted fine art auctioneers Sworders.

Cedric Morris' oil on canvas, entitled Foxglove, fetched £204,160 at last week’s Modern British and 20th Century Art sale.

The still-life depicting floxgloves and other English garden flowers came up for sale with an estimate of £30,000-£50,000, but the price soared for the currently popular avant-garde artist and was snapped up by a London dealer, who also purchased two more of the artist's paintings.

Cedric Morris' 'Foxgloves' oil on canvas (20299768)
Cedric Morris' 'Foxgloves' oil on canvas (20299768)

The seller will give part of the proceeds of the sale to the Benton End House and Garden Trust - a new charity that intends setting up the former home of Sir Cedric Morris as a centre for artistic and horticultural education.

The painting had been in the vendor's family since the 1960s.

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