Lancashire

Captain of the Eleven painting sold by Blackpool school for £290K

Captain of the Eleven
Image caption Thames Primary School was given the painting in 1926

An oil painting that has been on display at a Blackpool school for 86 years has sold at auction for almost £300,000.

Painted in 1882, Philip Calderon's Captain of the Eleven became well-known when it featured in a campaign to promote Pear's soap.

It was donated by a former governor to Thames Primary School and sold at Bonhams in London for £289,250 - double the original estimate.

The money will pay for school repairs.

Head teacher Tracey Harrison said the sale would enable "valuable" investments for the school.

A reproduction of the painting will hang where the original used to be displayed with a plaque commemorating the gift to the school by then Councillor W D Hallstead, who made the donation in 1926.

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