Sleeping Lady with Black Vase
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Lost painting auctioned after discovery in Stuart Little film

A long-lost avant-garde painting has been sold at auction in Hungary, after an art historian rediscovered it being used as a prop in the film Stuart Little.

Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Hungarian artist Robert Bereny fetched a price of 229,500 euros (£182,000; $285,700) at the auction held at the Budapest Congress Centre.

The painting was spotted in 2009 by Gergely Barki, a researcher at Hungary's National Gallery, as he watched the children's film about a mouse with his daughter Lola.

Laura Westbrook reports.

  • 14 Dec 2014