An old master oil painting by Dutch artist Dirck van Delen discovered in a mid Wales country cottage is expected to fetch more than £100,000 when it's sold at an auction in Shropshire later.
The important painting, entitled 'Dives and Lazarus', has been consigned to Halls' fine paintings, silver and jewellery auction in Shrewsbury today by a prominent mid Wales family.
The 61.5cm by 73cm oil on panel was discovered in a cottage in the Welshpool area by the head of Halls' art department, Allan Darwell.
"From the moment I saw it I knew it was 17th century and special," he said.
"Because it was so dark in the house, I couldn't see a set of initials on it. It was only when it was delivered to our saleroom and I examined it closely under lights that I identified the initials of Dirck van Delen."
The painting has been identified by art historian Bernard Vermet, from the Foundation for Cultural Inventory in Amsterdam, as one of van Delen's earliest works.
Controversial plans for a new chain of wind farms in Powys are being discussed at a public inquiry which has resumed in Welshpool today. The hearing is looking at any possible impact the developments could have on the landscape.
The plans would see wind farms at five sites near Welshpool. Between them they would involve 800 turbines. Once a decision has been made on the sites, the National Grid will then agree a route for 25 miles of connecting pylons. Kevin Ashford reports.
A public inquiry into controversial plans for 800 wind turbines across mid-Wales will resume in Welshpool today. The applications are by six developers and cover five windfarm sites as well as the infrastructure to get the electricity generated to the National Grid.
The schemes are being opposed by a coalition of 21 separate groups. Supporters say the windfarms are vital to help meet ‘green’ energy targets. Critics say the developments would have a devastating effect on the surrounding countryside.
Before it adjourned last month, the inquiry considered the impact on transport and ancient monuments in the area. The main topic for discussion over the next few days will be what effect the windfarms would have on the landscape.
The inquiry was triggered after Powys County Council refused to grant planning permission for the schemes.
Police are investigating the rape of a young woman in Welshpool in an alleyway off the town centre area in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in Broad Street or High Street between 0245 and 0315.
Detective Inspector Diane Davies said , "At this time, priority lines of enquiry include identifying and securing CCTV images, forensic examinations and locating people who have significant information; some of whom may not know that they do.”