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The oil painting of St John the Evangelist has sold for £540,000.
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.
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.
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.
With fees added on the total price paid by the buyer in the room was around £540,000.