Lost painting by famed artist Sir Joshua Reynolds that had not been seen for 84 years has sold

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Pictured: Hannah Farthing, Paintings Department Assistant at Woolley and Wallis, with 'The Laughing Girl' by Sir Joshua Reynolds.<br />
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A 'lost' painting by famed artist Sir Joshua Reynolds that had not been seen for 84 years has sold for £44,000 following a bidding war.<br />
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The oil painting was discovered hanging on the stairwell wall of a private family home in Hampshire during a routine valuation.<br />
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The owners, who inherited the painting, had believed it was a copy and were stunned to be told it was by the 18th century painter.