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The portrait shows his right hand resting on a table which has an astronomical instrument on it.<br />
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A lost portrait which is thought to be of Sir Walter Raleigh has emerged for sale at auction - after an eagle eyed collector spotted it on eBay.<br />
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Raleigh, one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era, was locked up in the Tower of London after being implicated in a plot against her successor James I in 1603.<br />
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The painting, which dates from 1613, was initially bought on eBay for a 'fraction of its true value' by an European art expert who sniffed a bargain five years ago.<br />
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She has now consigned it for sale with auction house Duke's, of Dorchester, Dorset, who expect it to fetch £6,000.