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Photo: The forerunner

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20 July 2012

SOTHEBY'S

The forerunner: works featuring St John the Baptist fetched large sums at auction earlier this month. Top picture: St John the Baptist Preaching to the Masses in the Wilderness, an oil-painting by Pieter Brueghel, went for £1,161,250. Below: an Italian maiolica charger depicting the saint's birth in a Renaissance setting, thought to be by Urbino, was sold for £457,250

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