1. ITV Report

Beatrix Potter watercolours go under the hammer

A number of original watercolours by the Lake District author Beatrix Potter have sold at auction in London.

One painting 'Three rabbits eating buns' was entirely unknown until it was discovered in 2008 as part of Beatrix's brother Bertram's collection.

It has a Christmas greeting from Beatrix dated around 1893 - 1895, it says 'A merry Christmas and Plenty of Buns H.B.P'

It sold for a hammer price of £45,000

'Three rabbits eating buns' Credit: Courtesy of Sothebys

Also sold was a complete set of four watercolours from 1890 that Beatrix Potter drew to go along with the Nursery Rhyme 'Three little Pigs.'

It is the only complete set known to survive.

The set sold for £50,000

'This Pig went to Market; This Pig stayed at home' Credit: Courtesy of Sothebys
'This Pig had a bit of meat' and 'This Pig had none' Credit: Courtesy of Sothebys
'This little Pig cried "Wee! Wee! Wee! I can't find my way home'' ' Credit: Courtesy of Sothebys

Altogether there were 11 lots listed, four were unsold and the remaining other 7 lots sold separately for a total hammer price of £126,000