Paintings are going, going, gone in sale

Kathryn Lumb at KLM Auctioneers, Mytholmroyd.
Kathryn Lumb at KLM Auctioneers, Mytholmroyd.
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An auctioneers in Mytholmroyd has sold a painting by northern artist braaq for £10,000.

In the same auction, a painting by local artist Peter Brook sold for £3,600, with both works being bought by the same bidder and all proceeds going to the RNLI.

Kathryn Lumb, owner of KLM Auctioneers, who are based on the Moderna Business Park and only opened in October, said: “It was estimated the painting by braaq would get that. There were about 40 people in the room, which is quite a lot.

“But for a new sale room like ourselves it is just amazing.

“The exposure to northern art at the moment is very high and it’s very collectable.

“Somebody might have seen it in a bundle of paintings and not seen how valuable it was.

“We’d actually be really interested in selling other works by Peter Brook if any owners out there would like to contact us.

“They were part of a collection of 210 paintings from the offices of the Yorkshire Building Society.

“It’s going really well - we’re not picky about what we take in and don’t turn anything away. “I lost my mum in June and decided to sell my old business in Haworth and start a new venture.

“We also run a charity called Mary’s Meals, which is a feeding programme for school children.

“We fund that through our cafe and we’ve raised £130 from it so far.”