Inspirational painting for Xmas cards may fetch up to £70,000

By Gillian Bell

Published: 29/11/2008

A PAINTING by a north-east artist which inspired one of Hallmark’s most popular Christmas cards is expected to fetch up to £70,000 when it goes under the hammer next week.

The Joseph Farquharson original of a shepherd tending to his flock of sheep in the snow has had pride of place in a woman’s living-room for the last three decades.

The unnamed seller bought the original from a London gallery for just £1,450, but is expected to make a good return on her investment when it is auctioned by Lyon and Turnbull on Monday. Beneath the Snow Encumbered Branches has been valued at between £50,000 and £70,000. Nick Carnow, a director at the Edinburgh auction house, said: “It is the epitome of a Christmas scene, an archetypal image. There has been a huge amount of interest in it so far.”

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