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The oil painting of St John the Evangelist has sold for £540,000.<br />
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A couple who hung an old painting out of the way in their spare room because they didn't like it are celebrating today after it sold for £540,000.<br />
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The anonymous owners had been told the oil painting of St John the Evangelist was 19th century and might be worth £600 by an auctioneer.<br />
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But it turned out to be an Old Master painting, possibly by a student or follower of Renaissance great Anthony van Dyck, and dated to the 17th century.<br />
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With fees added on the total price paid by the buyer in the room was around £540,000.