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Writer's portrait fetches 9,600
Sir Walter Scott
The portrait fetched almost 10,000 at auction
A previously unrecorded portrait of Sir Walter Scott has been sold by auctioneers Bonhams for 9,600.

The work by Richard Collins is believed to be the earliest known painting of the author and poet and captures him at the age of just four.

The portrait came to light at a valuation day held by the company in the Austrian capital Vienna.

The buyer's name has not been disclosed but auctioneers said they were pleased with the "absolutely terrific price".

"We are really delighted here at Bonhams that the first ever known picture of Sir Walter Scott has gone for so much," said a spokesperson.

"It just shows how much Scott still means to people today."

Famous works

The miniature can be dated to 1775, when Scott visited the artist in London.

He was en route to the spa town of Bath in the hope of curing his lame right leg - the result of contracting polio, aged just two.

Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771 but spent much of his life in the Scottish Borders where his historic home, Abbotsford House, is to be found.

He was the author of numerous famous works including Waverley, Rob Roy and Ivanhoe.

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