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  • Turner watercolour auctions with 2,700% increase on estimate
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Turner watercolour auctions with 2,700% increase on estimate

A watercolour on card by the esteemed British artist JMW Turner (1775-1851) sold in New York last night (January 29) with a phenomenal 2,700% increase on estimate.  

Turner watercolour auctions with outstanding 2,700% increase
The hammer fell at $35,000, which grew to $42,000 with the addition of buyer's premiums

Thought to have been created during Turner's 1817 tour of the Rhine, which flows though Switzerland, Austria and Germany, the watercolour was given a $1,000-1,500 estimate before the sale. The hammer fell at $35,000, which grew to $42,000 with the addition of buyer's premiums.

A set of 60 chalk and pencil drawings attributed to the early-18th century painter and engraver Giovanni Domenico Campiglia also performed well at the highly anticipated old masters sale, bringing $36,000 against a $5,000 top estimate. The sale price in this instance represents a 620% increase on the valuation.

Turner watercolour auctions with outstanding 2,700% increase
A set of 60 chalk and pencil drawings attributed to the early-18th century painter and engraver Giovanni Domenico Campiglia sold with a 620% increase on estimate

2012 was a standout year for art sales, with the old masters seeing consistently strong results. Raphael's Head of an Apostle became the most valuable drawing ever sold at auction in December, bringing $47.8m to Sotheby's. For more information on the investment potential of the market, see our free guide to investing in art and photography.

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