This lead copy of Louis Weingartner’s 19th century bronze ‘Dryad and Boar’ was found hidden away in an overgrown garden before it was recently consigned to auction.

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The lead copy of Louis Weingartner’s bronze ‘Dryad and Boar’ that sold for £35,000 at Fieldings.

Weighing over a tonne and measuring 4ft 5in (1.35m) high, it came from a local estate and  was the stand-out lot of the sale held by Fieldings of Stourbridge on March 9.

The 20th century statue was the work of the Bromsgrove Guild, a company founded in 1898 by Walter Gilbert and best known for making the main gates at Buckingham Palace.

Attracting bids from a private buyer and four dealers, it comfortably overshot the £4000-6000 estimate, selling for £35,000.

The successful buyer was a dealer in the room.

The buyer's premium was 21%.