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  • Cyril Edward Power print bought for $32 to auction for $94,920?
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    Paul Fraser
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Cyril Edward Power print bought for $32 to auction for $94,920?

A print by British artist Cyril Edward Power (1872-1951) entitled Speed Trail is to auction as part of Bonhams' Print Sale in London on April 16.

car print bought for £20 could auction for closer to £100,000
The print had been hanging in its owner's house for over 25 years until it was recognised by a member of Bonhams' staff as a Cyril Edward Power

Initially bought for £20 ($32); the print's owner approached Bonhams' head of automobilia, Toby Wilson, wondering if he liked it. Rupert Worral, head of prints at the auction house, confirmed Wilson's suspicions that the print was indeed a rare and highly coveted linocut printed in viridian by esteemed British artist Power.  

A comparable image by Power brought £113,000 ($178,783) in London in June 2012, suggesting appetite remains strong for works by the artist. For more information on the investment potential of the rare prints market, visit our free guide to investing in art and photography.

Power, who was also a successful architect and teacher, is best known for his linocuts. Elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1930, his first major exhibition in 1933 comprised a well-received array of stylised linocuts and monotypes.  

The print, which had been hanging in its owner's house for over 25 years, carries a £40,000-60,000 ($63,284-94,920) estimate ahead of the sale. It is numbered 7/60 and signed by the artist. It depicts Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird, which broke the land speed record in 1931.

Worrell commented: "This is a particularly nice Power that will doubtless attract a lot of interest from people who collect his work, which grows in popularity each year."

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