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Lowry's 'Bear Gates' sketch is sold for £35,000 at auction

Lowry sketch of The BearGates Image copyright Christies Images

A sketch of a Borders landmark by LS Lowry has been sold for £35,000 at auction in London.

The Bear Gates achieved twice as much as auctioneers estimated when it went under the hammer at Christies.

They expected buyers to pay between £12,000 and £18,000 for the signed pencil drawing in the sale of modern British and Irish Art.

Lowry composed the sketch of the entrance to Traquair, a historic house near Innerleithen, in about 1961.

It was one of 22 lots from Lowry's estate which were sold at auction on Thursday.

The Salford-born artist found fame with his paintings of industrial parts of the north-west of England.

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