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No fewer than five telephone bidders, plus three more in the room, lined up to contest this signed 113/4in by 111/2in (30 x 28cm) oil on board of Oxford Street, Manchester, when it came under the hammer at the Nantwich rooms of Peter Wilson (15% buyer’s premium) on September 25.

Executed in the 1960s and thought to have never been offered at auction before, this evocation of Delaney’s Manchester childhood in the 1930s, eventually sold to a collector on the phone at £5200.

This was the highest price achieved for the artist – almost on home ground at these Cheshire rooms – although it was still some way behind the record £7500 paid for another Delaney oil offered just across the Pennines at Tennants of Leyburn in April.