A painting by British master George Stubbs has sold for a record £10 million.
Brood Mares and Foals, painted at the height of the renowned artists’ career in 1767, was offered for sale for the first time at Sotheby’s in London.
An undisclosed buyer bid £10,121,250, including the buyers’ premium, for the 100cm by 187cm oil on canvas.
Sotheby’s – which had expected between £10 million and £15 million – said it was a record price for a work by Stubbs.
The painting was privately kept by descendants of original owner Colonel George Lane Parker, son of the second Earl of Macclesfield, Oxfordshire, for 237 years before it was exhibited at the National Gallery in London in 2005.
It had only been shown on two other occasions, both times in 1768.
Liverpool-born Stubbs, who was famous for his paintings of horses, published a book titled The Anatomy Of The Horse in 1766.
Emmeline Hallmark, director of British Pictures at Sotheby’s, said he was “the greatest horse-painter of his time”.