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Vettriano sells for record price
Embracing by Jack Vettriano
Embracing was among six works being auctioned
A painting by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano has sold for a record price of more than 98,000.

The Fife-born painter's work, Embracing, was bought by a private bidder at an auction in Edinburgh.

The sale beats the previous record for a Vettriano, reached last August when his work, The Singing Butler, fetched 90,000 in Perthshire.

The six Vettriano paintings auctioned by Lyon and Turnbull made 211,982.

The 76cm X 61cm oil fetched 98,188, including the buyer's premium.

Vettriano taught himself to paint in a Fife bedsit after his girlfriend bought him a set of watercolour paints for his 21st birthday.

His film noir-inspired works have made him one of Britain's most-loved artists but he has long felt snubbed by the arts establishment.

In the last nine years interest in Jack has grown rapidly. A new world record price is great news for him
Nick Curnow
Lyon and Turnbull
Kirkcaldy-born Vettriano, 52, who last week collected an OBE from Buckingham Palace, left school at 16 to become a mining engineer in the local coalfields.

But it was not until later that his work came to prominence in an exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy.

Nick Curnow, of Lyon and Turnbull, said: "In the last nine years interest in Jack has grown rapidly. A new world record price is great news for him."

The picture was bought by The Portland Gallery, which represents Vettriano, for a private client.

Tom Hewlitt, director of the gallery, said: "This is a fantastic result and we are thrilled for Jack."

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