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Monday, 16 August 2010

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And he painted vandals painting matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

A couple from Salford are celebrating as a painting they found in their attic was recently authenticated as the last picture ever painted by L.S. Lowry, and has been valued at a staggering twelve million pounds.

"We were staggered, we were, weren't we Ted?" said Dorothy Dash, 54.

"Aye, it were like winning the lottery," Ted Dash confirmed.

The two are planning to sell the picture at Sotherby's in November.

Painted in 1975, just months before his death, the art world is in awe of Newcastle Market, as it is entitled.

"It is an exciting find," said Herman McMahon, editor of Art Today Magazine. "Not only does it depict life in late seventies Newcastle, but it is a slight departure from his earlier works."

Lowry is famed for painting "Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs", however, this latest indicates that Lowry did have a keen eye for detail, as there are a number of obese people in his painting, charting the start of the obesity epidemic in the UK.

"Perhaps the song should be re-done," said McMahon, breaking into song: "And he painted rotund men and obese cats and dogs."

Many feel on the discovery of this painting, that had Lowry not died suddenly after prolonged illness, that he would have altered what he painted over time, painting shopping centres filled with portly figures in lurid sportswear instead of his depressing factory-scapes.

"It certainly would have been interesting to see what Lowry would have painted had he lived to be a hundred and forty," said McMahon.

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