A painting by Samuel John Peploe that was once banished to the spare room of its owner's house has found a new home in Glasgow.
The painting featured as the star lot in yesterday's (October 25) auction, selling for £185,000 ($298,176). It was originally purchased by the consignor's father in the 1960s, who was sent out by his wife to buy a painting of some roses.
However, when he returned with the still life masterpiece, his wife was less than impressed and the painting was hidden away in the spare room of their house. The consignor said that he couldn't remember the price his father paid for the work, informing the BBC that "it was not significant enough to remember".
Pink Roses is a characteristic work by Samuel John Peploe, who is noted for his superb still life pieces. Best known as a founding member of the Scottish colourist group, he immersed himself in the genre with the intention of creating the perfect composition. His works are known for their vibrant colour, a feature that appeared in Peploe's work following his return from the first world war.
Peploe is considered the most valuable of the Scottish colourists, with the four still life examples to sell at auction this year averaging £400,000 ($644,678). At Bonhams' Scottish Sale in August, his Mixed Roses in a Chinese Vase sold 40.4% above estimate at £421,250 ($678,975).
The current record for his work was set in May 2011, when The Coffee Pot sold for £937,250 ($1.5m) - a record price for a Scottish artist at auction.
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