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Unpublished Anker works sell for SFr650,000

A curator displays Albert Anker works before they go to auction in Geneva

(Keystone)

A collection of never-seen-before works by Swiss artist Albert Anker has sold at auction for SFr650,000 ($695,800).

The collection of 55 drawings, watercolours and oil paintings were sold alongside furniture and personal items of the artist in Geneva on Thursday.

Recently discovered in a safe in Geneva, the collection had been valued at between SFr200,000 and SFr300,000.

Anker, who lived from 1831 to 1910, is famous for his paintings depicting rural life in 19th century Switzerland.

The paintings belonged to the wife of Anker’s grandson Jean DuBois, Jeanine, who died last year. In accordance with her wishes, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to charity.

swissinfo.ch and agencies

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