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And he painted Wick hsteps men and Wick steps cats and dogs; MATCHSTICK MAN ARTIST; AND HIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE HIGHLANDS; Scots Lowry picture tipped to make PS1m.

Byline: George Mair

A REDISCOVERED Lowry masterpiece of a Scots fishing town is tipped to fetch PS1million at auction later this year.

Laurence Stephen Lowry - famous for his matchstick-like figures - painted Steps at Wick while on holiday in Caithness in the 1930s.

It was exhibited around Britain before being snapped up by a private collector and has only now re-emerged after more than 20 years.

It will be sold at Bonhams in London in November and experts predict it will exceed the PS800,000 estimate.

Penny Day, of Bonhams' modern British and Irish art department, said: "With the market for Lowry stronger than ever, we expect collectors will seize the opportunity to acquire this early tour de force.

"It is really quite special and ticks all the boxes for a Lowry collector.

"You have the big figures, the dog, the pram - all the qualities to make a big price. We are very hopeful it will make seven figures."

The painting is commemorated with an engraved plaque in Wick bearing the legend: "This is the original site where L.S. Lowry painted the Black Steps in 1936."

Lowry, who died in 1976, often holidayed in Scotland during the 1930s.

He is particularly recognised for his trademark matchstick men depicted in industrial landscapes.

It ticks all the boxes for a Lowry collector.. stick figures, a dog, the pram ART EXPERT PENNY DAY


REAL-LIFE The scene at Wick's Black Steps is just as busy today, above left, and the commemorative plaque which features an engraving of the Lowry original

MASTERPIECE Lowry's Steps at Wick has not been seen for more than 20 years
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 9, 2013
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