Newmarket hosts preview of £15 million Lowry collection

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A collection of paintings by LS Lowry, formerly owned by a Newmarket businessman, will be shown in the town tomorrow.

The 15 piece collection, which is tipped to sell for more than £15 million hung on the walls of waste paper tycoon, Tony Thompson’s home in Six Mile Bottom until his death last year. The paintings will be shown to the public at the Jockey Club Rooms, in High Street, from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow ahead of the sale on March 25.

The collection including Lowry’s only two portrayals of Piccadilly Circus, one of which is his most expensive work of all time, having already sold at auction for £5.64m in 2011.

Frances Christie, head of modern and post-war British art department at Sotheby’s, said: “It is a great honour to offer such a supreme group of paintings by L S Lowry. Thompson was a collector who truly understood Lowry’s vision and he had a real instinct to hone in on the very best examples of the artist’s work.”

The A.J. Thompson Collection includes well-known masterpieces that have previously been exhibited at the Tate’s and other museums.