14th November 2006
By Ruth Keeling
“Missing medieval art masterpieces thought to be worth at least 1 million pounds ($1.9 million US) have been discovered in the spare room of a house in Oxford.
Two 15th century pictures of Dominican saints were found at the home of 77-year-old Jean Preston, who lived in a two-bedroom terraced house in Trinity Street, St Ebbe’s.
Miss Preston, a retired curator of medieval manuscripts, bought the works 40 years ago for 200 pounds ($386 US) – the equivalent of 3,000 pounds ($5800 US) today – because she thought they were nice paintings.
She died, aged 77, in July, but before her death she learned that they were two panels of an altarpiece painted in 1439 by Italian Renaissance artist Fra Angelico, a Dominican friar.”