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Ashgate Hospice > Mystery painting donated to charity shop is work of famous artist and raises thousands at auction

A mystery painting donated to an Ashgate Hospice charity shop which was unknowingly the work of a world-renowned artist has raised thousands of pounds at auction.  

The North Derbyshire charity’s Ecommerce team spotted something special when they saw the framed artwork, so sent it across to its partners at Sheffield Auction Gallery to get their opinion. 

Experts revealed the piece had been painted by famous French impressionist painter Pierre Adolphe Valette, who tutored L.S. Lowry before he would go on to become one of Britain’s most celebrated and renowned artists. 

When it went to auction earlier this month it was expected to fetch between £300 and £500, but bidding exceeded way beyond the estimate before eventually reaching £4,200.

Kevin Marshall, Ecommerce Assistant in Ashgate Hospice’s retail team, said: “We didn’t know anything about the painting at all when it came through after being donated to one of our shops.  

“But we liked it enough to send on to Sheffield Auction Gallery to get their thoughts; let’s just say we’re absolute delighted that we did!  

“A huge thank you to whoever made the donation to one of our shops – it’s because of the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to continue caring for our patients and their families across North Derbyshire.” 

Born in St Etienne in the central east region of France in 1876, Valette adopted Manchester as his home and his most acclaimed paintings are of urban landscapes across the city.  

Ashgate Hospice will receive the total amount fee-free thanks to the continued generosity and support of Sheffield Auction Gallery, meaning the money will go further towards helping us fund vital care for the families who need the hospice most. 

You can drop off your donations at your local Ashgate Hospice shop – you never know what might be gathering dust at the back of your cupboard!