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'Lost Renoir' Found At Flea Market In US

A painting believed to be an original Renoir has been discovered at a flea market in the US state of Virginia.

Experts think the work of art is the Paysage Bords De Seine, one of the artist's river scenes painted along the Seine in Paris.

The woman who found it bought it for less than \$50 (£35).

The painting is now set to be auctioned later this month and is expected to fetch more than \$100,000 (£60,000).

A Renoir plaque on the frame prompted the woman to have it analysed.

Anne Craner - director of fine arts at the auctioneers Potomack, based in Virginia - said: "The lady brought it in, she was very excited, but she didn't know. She opened up the bag and straight away it just looked right.

"I mean it's the colour, it's the vibrant colour, it's the pinks and the purples. Renoir is known for his rapid brush strokes. And colour is really important with Renoir."