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A rare portrait of a young Admiral Lord Nelson has sold for almost £4,000 after a bidding war - 50 times its estimate.<br />
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The 20ins by 16ins oil on canvas painting of the British naval hero is believed to show him in his early 20s in circa 1780.<br />
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At the time, he was a fresh-faced commander who made his name hunting Spanish ships during the San Juan Expedition in Nicaragua.<br />
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The painting was discovered in an upmarket property during a clear-out at a deceased estate in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.<br />
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A relative sold it with Brighton & Hove Auctions, of Sussex, who had valued it at £80.