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Regardless of what is happening in the world economy, if an Edgar Hunt farmyard scene is fresh to the market and in reasonable condition it is almost certain to sell. A pair of signed and dated 1926 canvases by Hunt, one shown right, proved the point at Aylsham auctioneers Keys’ (10% buyer’s premium) November 14 sale of the contents of The Old Rectory, North Tuddenham, Norfolk when they sold to the London trade on the telephone for a mid-estimate £25,000.

Measuring 10 by 14in (25 x 36cm) and in untouched condition, they attracted interest from three telephones and two bidders in the room.