‘Drying the Nets, Newlyn’ by Walter Langley – £6500 at Mellors and Kirk.

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Entitled Drying the Nets, Newlyn, the 10 x 14in (24 x 31cm) work had been passed down through the family of Joseph Burrows (d.1920) of Birmingham and had never been offered at auction before. It came in its original gilt oak mount and frame and was in fine condition.

Fresh works by Langley always hold appeal, and a private collector outbid members of the trade to secure it at £6500 against an estimate of £3000-5000.

The buyer's premium was 17.5%.