Tiny artwork haul sells for small fortune.
Byline: ISAAC CROWSON
A HAUL of 270 stamp-size paintings hidden in the artist's wardrobe for decades has sold at auction for PS167,000.
Designer Leonard Fryer created the tiny works from the 1920s to 1950s with a paintbrush in one hand and a magnifying glass in the other.
He worked for a London stamp and currency firm and died in 1964.
The haul, which features stamp and banknote designs for various countries, was found by granddaughters Dianne Fryer and Jan Bullock.
A set of designs for Malta made PS22,100 alone at the auction by Hansons in Wolseley Bridge, Staffs.
Dianne, 67, from Abbots Bromley, Staffs, said: "We were speechless - and thrilled to bits."