Seacole Bust Battle

July 31 2020

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Picture: Dominic Winter Auctions

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The above terracotta bust of Crimean War nurse and heroine Mary Seacole sold for £101,000 at auction yesterday. The piece, sculpted by Count Gleichen in 1871, smashed through its estimate of £700 - £1,000.

The sale attracted several comments on Twitter. This included dealer Philip Mould who explained that he was one of the underbidders for the artwork. It turns out that the bust was purchased by Billy Peterson, owner of the production company Racing Green Pictures who are currently making a film on Seacole's life. The company has said that it is hoping to include the artwork in the film.

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