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Portrait in a pigsty sells for pounds 16,000.

AN historic work of art found in a pigsty was sold for more than pounds 16,000 yesterday.

The 190-year-old oil painting was discovered after being piled up in the disused sty for more than 40 years.

It was taken from a mansion that was sold by a hard-up family to the local council.

Workmen took away the 3ft painting to store it with other contents in the empty sty.

It was forgotten about until a descendant of the mansion's owners was researching his family history and unearthed the heirloom.

The land-owning Corbet family, of Tywyn, Aberystwyth, west Wales, commissioned the painting of their favourite harpist by artist Benjamin Marshall in around 1803.

The portrait hung in the Corbet family mansion for more than 100 years.

It was sold yesterday by auctioneers Sotheby's to the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 1999
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