Cathedral Painting Sells For Double At Auction

PUBLISHED: 10:47 07 January 2011

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Victorian and Edwardian painting specialist Simon Toll admitted the original estimation had been "modest".

A GLORIOUS 19th Century painting of Ely Cathedral sold for £38,000 at auction - more than double its expected value.

The 1886 artwork by Keeley Halswelle was predicted to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 when it was opened to bidders at Sotheby’s in London.

However the 36 x 54 inch oil on canvas painting, which was signed and dated by the artist and said to be in good condition, cost the buyer a grand total of £46,850 after premiums.

Victorian and Edwardian painting specialist Simon Toll admitted the original estimation had been “modest”.

He added that it would make a wonderful item for the buyer and said it had attracted a great deal of interest from train enthusiasts and those with strong connections to Ely.

Passing Storm depicts a steam train running through the foreground with the stunning cathedral behind.

“To have a steam train in the picture now looks quite quaint but it was depicting something very modern at the time,” Mr Toll said.

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