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Art Owned By TS Eliot's Wife Fetches $11.3 Million At Auction

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VALERIE ELIOT
This image made available by auctioneers Christie's in London shows a landscape by John Constable, ?Helmingham Dell, Suffolk," which fetched 662,500 pounds ($1.068.000/790,000 euro) _ a record for a drawing by the artist at auction, during an auction of artwork collected by poet T.S. Eliot?s widow, Valerie Eliot, in London, Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, 2013. The collection netted 7.1 million pounds ($11.4 million/8.5 million euro) and included drawings and watercolors by 18th- and 19th-century Br | ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON (AP) — A trove of artwork collected by poet T.S. Eliot's widow has sold for more than 7 million pounds ($11.3 million) at auction.

Valerie Eliot, who died last November aged 86, bought the artworks with royalties from the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats," which was based on her husband's volume of light verse "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."

The collection auctioned Wednesday in London by Christie's included drawings and watercolors by 18th- and 19th-century British artists and sculptors including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney.

A landscape by John Constable, "Helmingham Dell, Suffolk," fetched 662,500 pounds — a record for a drawing by the artist at auction.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Old Possum's Practical Trust, an arts charity Valerie Eliot set up.

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