'Spare room' Peploe painting expected to bring $482,000 at auction

A painting by Samuel John Peploe that was previously banished to the spare room of the present owner's house is now expected to provide the star lot of an upcoming auction.

Samuel John Peploe auction spare room painting Pink Rose
Hopefully the price achieved will be significant enough to remember this time

The painting was originally purchased by the father of the owner when his wife told him to buy a painting of some roses. However, when he returned with the Peploe work, it was not to his wife's taste and was soon hidden away in the spare room of their house.

The consignor cannot remember the price his father paid for the work, telling the BBC that it "was not significant enough to remember". Pink Roses is now expected to sell for £200,000-300,000 (321,000-482,000) on October 25 in Glasgow.

Samuel John Peploe is best known as a founding member of the Scottish Colourist group and was noted for his superb still life pieces, a genre which he immersed himself in after assigning himself the task of creating the perfect composition. His works are known for their vibrant use of colour and frequently realise huge sums when they appear at auction.

The current record price for Peploe's work stands with his Still Life with Coffee Pot, which achieved £937,250 ($1.5m) at Christie's in 2011. The price is also the highest ever seen by a Scottish painting at auction. Among the most notable recent sales was his Still Life of Mixed Roses in Chinese Vase, which held an identical estimate to the current piece, yet sold 40% above this at £421,250 ($677,000) in August.

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