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Salvador Dali etching comes up for sale in Wales.

IT IS a rare and unique painting once owned by the mother of actress Uma Thurman.

Now, Salvador Dali's Sacred Cow is to go on sale in a little known gallery in South Wales.

The painting is a hand-coloured etching by the internationally-famous artist and will feature in the Welsh Art Auction in the Oriel Washington Gallery in Penarth.

Auction co-ordinator Marc Evans said: "It is incredibly exciting to have a piece such as this in Wales. We usually host more established British artists. I've never seen anything of this standard come to this area."

The piece, dated 1969, is a signed etching, which was printed from a plate and then painted by hand.

Mr Evans said he expects the painting to reach up to pounds 20,000, which he described as "comparatively cheap".

"Dali originals usually reach millions of pounds, so this price range is comparatively cheap in the scheme of things," he said.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for art collectors in the area."

The most recent sale of a Dali original was in February when his Portrait de Paul [ETH]luard set a record for surrealist paintings after being sold at Sotheby's in London for $21.7m.

Sacred Cow was once owned by Swedish model Nena Thurman before being sold on to a Welsh gallery owner in New York in 1991. It has been in South Wales ever since.

The reasons behind the decision of the current owner, who lives in Penarth, to sell the piece is not known.

"This is the exciting thing about auctions," said Mr Evans.

"Great pieces just come out of the woodwork, out of nowhere."

Sacred Cow will go on sale next to a range of work from British artists on Friday, June 10, at 7pm. Interested buyers will be able to view the pieces for auction from June 7.

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