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Race to the Starting Line for Bonhams 20th Century British Art Sale this March

LONDON.- An early racing painting by Sir Alfred Munnings leads Bonhams New Bond Street’s sale of 20th Century British Art on Wednesday 17 March 2010. Originally in the collection of the prominent English racehorse owner and breeder, J.V. Rank, it is the first time that this work has been offered at auction. Other highlights in the sale include a newly discovered work by David Bomberg together with a group of pictures by John Craxton and a number of paintings that were last seen on the walls of major public art exhibitions in London. Sir Alfred Munnings PRA, RWS (1878-1959) is well-known for his love of racing, with “the groupings, the movement and the colour” never failing to inspire him. His insight and knowledge of equine movement together with his genius in capturing light and colour for which he is well known, are clearly seen in this early racing work, “The Start, Newmarket” (estimate: £500,000-700,000). Her