Jane Austen portrait being auctioned at Sotherby's
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How do auctioneers put a price on the priceless?

A watercolour portrait of Jane Austen is to go under the hammer at Sotheby's today.

It has never been previously sold yet it is the painting could fetch up to £200,000.

So how do auctioneers place a value on something - if it is priceless?

BBC Bargain Hunt regular James Lewis, from Bamford's auctioneers, told BBC Radio 5 live's Wake Up to Money: "All of the value is in the interested parties... as soon as you get a massive name, like Jane Austen, the market is huge."

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