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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 October, 2004, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
Lenkiewicz works under the hammer
Robert Lenkiewicz
The self-portrait was painted while the artist was in hospital
A new record price is thought to have been set for the sale of a work by a renowned Devon artist.

Six hundred lots relating to the late Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz are being sold in Exeter on Saturday, in the biggest single sale of his work.

Lot number 161 was a self portrait painted while the artist was in hospital. It has sold for 35,000.

Auctioneer Daniel Goddard said they had estimated it would sell for between 3,000 and 5,000.

Mannequin hands

The auction attracted between 2,000 and 3,000 people and is likely to continue until about 2000 BST.

Auctioneers Bearne's estimate the sale will raise about 500,000, which will go to help pay off debts of about 1m left by 60-year-old Lenkiewicz, who died in August 2002.

About 400 paintings and drawings are being sold together with studio props which include mannequin hands and human skulls.

An Egyptian sarcophagus dating back to between the 6th and 3rd Centuries BC is also going on sale and has been given a list price of 2,000 to 3,000.

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