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Beatrix Potter watercolours fetch more than £61,000 at Sotheby's
4:11pm Thursday 12th July 2012 in News
A PRIVATE collector snapped up three original Beatrix Potter watercolours when they sold at Sotheby’s yesterday.
The Beatrix Potter creator’s works, named This Pig Went to Market, were first published in 1922 in Cecil Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes book.
The first shows two pigs, one of which is driving a horse and cart, while the second depicts two of the animals cooking.
And the final illustration is of a pig at a cross roads with the words: “This little pig cried Wee! Wee! Wee! I can’t find my way home.”
The buyer, from Europe, paid £61,250 for the works at the London auction house.
A Sotheby’s spokesman said the watercolours were previously owned by the Hyde-Parker family by descent when they were sold at Sotheby’s in 1999.
In total, seven of 11 Beatrix Potter items were sold during the sale, fetching £155,500.