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Portrait of eminent palaeontologist Dr Clive Forster-Cooper by British painter Meredith Frampton

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From the Gentleman’s Library Sale, Bonhams, 20th January


This portrait, by British painter Meredith Frampton, of the former director of the Natural History Museum, eminent palaeontologist Dr Clive Forster-Cooper, with his personal collection of fossil vertebrates sold for £79,200 on Wednesday, more than 10 times its highest estimate of £5,000-7,000. Look out for our top five auctions of the week on this site every Monday.