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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 November 2005, 17:10 GMT
Moore figure sells for over 1m
Henry Moore's Mother and Child
Prolific sculptor Henry Moore died in 1986, aged 88
A marble figure by Henry Moore measuring less than nine inches tall has sold for more than 1m, setting a record for the artist.

Mother and Child, carved by Moore in 1931, was purchased for 1,069,600 by a private collector in the sale by Bonhams auctioneers.

The previous record for a carving by the artist was $342,000 (199,000), set by Moore's Figure in 1991.

Moore called Mother and Child "one of my best earlier pieces".

Italian influence

Matthew Bradbury, Bonhams' head of modern British art, said it was "an immense privilege" to sell the work.

"The enormous price reflects the quality of the work," he said.

It was initially purchased soon after Moore's exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in 1931, for the equivalent of 18.

The piece was sculpted after Moore won a scholarship to Italy in 1925.

While in Florence he was said to have spent every morning at the Brancacci Chapel drawing inspiration from the painter Masaccio's figures.

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