TS Eliot’s widow’s art collection sells for more than £7m

Valerie_EliotValerie Eliot’s collection was auctioned at her request to continue her charity’s work encouraging young poets.

A museum-worthy collection of British art amassed by the widow of TS Eliot has sold for more than £7m at auction, more than £2m above the pre-sale estimate.

The top sale at the auction of Valerie Eliot’s collection at Christie’s King Street branch in London, which totalled £7,094,950, was a pencil and water colour sketch of Helmingham Dell in Suffolk by John Constable, which went for £662,500, almost double its estimated value.

The Nobel prize-winning poet’s widow funded her art and antiques collection with the royalties from Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s highly successful musical Cats, based on her husband’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

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