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Turner watercolour of Conwy Castle to go under the hammer

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:40 UK time, Tuesday, 23 November 2010

A watercolour painting of Conwy Castle in north Wales by the celebrated artist JMW Turner is expected to fetch up to £500,000 when it goes under the hammer next month.

Conwy Castle by JMW Turner. Image: Christie's Images Ltd. 2010

Conwy Castle by JMW Turner. Image: Christie's Images Ltd. 2010

The pencil and watercolour, which is being sold by a private collector, is based on drawings that the young Turner made in his Hereford Court sketchbook. The sketchbook contains seven drawings of the castle, all from differing angles, and as a result several paintings of the castle were painted - one of which can be seen in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Auction house Christie's will auction the piece in their Old Masters & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours sale on 7 December in London, with the guide price of £300,000 to £500,000.

In a recent auction earlier this year, a painting by Turner of Flint Castle sold for over £540,000. Browse an audio slideshow on Flint Castle on the BBC North East Wales website.

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