A PAINTING by LS Lowry, which was not been seen in public for two decades has sold for £5.6 million.
The 1949 work, called The Football Match, was bought at an auction at Christie’s in London yesterday, setting a new world record for the artist.
It is not known who bought the painting, which is one of the most eye-catching depictions of the sport by the Manchester City-supporting painter, famed for his depictions of Salford life.
Experts had predicted it would go for between £3.5 million and £4.5 million. Its final price of £5,641,250 includes the buyer’s premium.