Cilla Black’s Lowry paintings fetch nearly 700k – BBC News

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Image caption The Black Church was 50th birthday gift from Cilla’s husband

Three paintings by LS Lowry, which were owned by Cilla Black, have fetched nearly 700,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.

Family Group was sold for 353,000, The Black Church – a 50th birthday gift from her husband Bobby – fetched 245,000 and The Spire 100,000.

They were sold as part of a wider auction of modern and post-war British art.

The 72-year-old Liverpool-born star died in Spain in August after a 50-year career in entertainment.

Family Group, which was painted in 1939, was described by Sotheby’s as representing “a life she would have known growing up in Liverpool”.

The Spire, which dates from 1949 is rated as a “typical Lowry”.

According to the singer’s family, the Black Church as a pun on her stage name, which she changed from Priscilla White.

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Image caption The Spire fetched 100,000
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Image caption The Family Group sold for 353,000
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Image caption Cilla Black died in August aged 72

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