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'Lost' LS Lowry painting fetches?2.65m at auction

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The mill depicted in the painting was demolished in 1984
A painting by LS Lowry that experts had no knowledge of for more than 70 years has sold at auction for
Mr Hamilton took it with him when he moved to the US in 1949, where he went on to make a major contribution to the discovery of the double helix shape of DNA.
Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall in Mrs Lowry & Son
The painting had been expected to fetch between ?700,000 and ?1m at Tuesday's auction.Yet its new price tag falls some way behind those of Lowry's later works The Football Match (1949) and Piccadilly Circus (1960), which both sold for ?5.6m in 2011.Laurence Stephen Lowry gained recognition for his seemingly simple depictions of working-class life in the industrial parts of northern England.Last year, the painter's relationship with his mother was dramatised in the film Mrs Lowry & Son, starring Timothy Spall as the artist and Vanessa Redgrave as his mother Elizabeth.Acme Mill, the mill depicted in the painting, was the first cotton spinning mill in England to be solely driven by electricity. Production ceased in 1959 and the building was demolished in 1984.
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