Racing prints fly at auction

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A RARE pair of 180-year-old aquatint prints of the St Leger horse race at Doncaster have sold for £4,270 – more than double their expected sum – at auction.

Before the sale at Dreweatts at Donnington Priory, Berkshire, the 1830s hand-finished prints had been expected to go for between £1,000 and £1,500. Instead fierce bidding pushed their price up.

The South Yorkshire themed pictures – entitled Doncaster Races, The Horses Starting For The Great St Leger Stakes and Doncaster Races, The Horses Passing The Judges’ Stand – are prints of original paintings by notable 19th century artist, James Pollard.

They were among around 200 equestrian and British sporting prints sold for a total of £182,160 by wealthy Chicago banker, Norman R Bobins, at the two-hour auction.