A house in Britain was dumped with works of art worth $8 million

Looks are deceptive and it holds absolutely true for this red-brick house in the U.K. No one could suppose that this Oxford home that looked so ordinary from outside was stuffed with a variety of art pieces that estimated to 4 million pounds! I guess the owner Preston, a thrifty 77-year-old spinster was completely unaware that she was sitting on a million pounds art-bomb. However now the art experts and auctioneers have now completed the sale of the exceptional works hoarded in her modest home. The auctions have raised an estimated 4 million pounds that is about 20 times the price of the house they were kept in, stunning experts and Preston’s relatives alike. Preston, who worked as a librarian for much of her life, inherited many of the works from her father, a keen collector. This modest lady who rode the bus and ate frozen meals all her life is no more to enjoy all the fame and money. Rollover to know what all was tucked in there………

Among the treasures were two paintings by Fra Angelico, the 15th century Italian Renaissance master, that were the missing pieces of an eight-part altar decoration. They were sold together for $3.4 million (1.37 million pounds) and are expected to be returned to the Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s famed art museum. The Fra Angelicos were behind the bedroom door. Hanging in the kitchen was a 19th century watercolour by pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and in the sitting room, above an electric fire, a work by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Those two, estimated to be worth $2 million, have been saved for Britain and are expected to go on display at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Another hidden treasure was a rare edition of the works of Chaucer that was too big to fit on Preston’s bookshelf and was found buried in a wardrobe. It sold for nearly $150,000.

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