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Stanley Spencer painting sells for £5.4m

The auction record for a painting by Sir Stanley Spencer was broken twice within minutes at Sotheby's in London.

Workmen in the House, which had an upper estimate of £2m, sold for £4.7m before Sunflower and Dog Worship, with a top estimate of £1.5m, fetched £5.4m.

The previous record was the £1.43m achieved at Sotheby's in December for 1954 work Hilda and I at Pond Street.

Stanley Spencer served with the 7th Battalion, The Royal berkshire Regiment during World War One and served in Salonika. The museum currently has an exhibition entitled 'The Creative and Inventive Soldier' in which reproduction s of his work are on display.