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Ian Tyers carrying out the study to date the portrait.<br />
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A painting of Henry VIII that has hung in a stately home for over 300 years has soared in value overnight after it was found to be the last portrait created during the King's lifetime.<br />
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Most works of art of the Tudor King were produced after his death and only a handful of contemporary portraits of him exist.<br />
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Up until now the painting owned by Longleat House in Wiltshire was thought to have been a good 'later' copy of the monarch.<br />
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But a painstaking tree-ring dating study of the oak panels the picture is painted on has shown the wood dates to 1529 - when the King was alive and in rude health.