Their original owner’s wife deemed them so unsightly they were consigned to a cupboard.
But the forgotten collection of drawings is finally to see the light of day after a stunned owner discovered they are the work of LS Lowry.
On the Antiques Roadshow in March, she was told the sketches were ‘typical’ of the English artist. Now, the haul of 28 items is expected to sell for £500,000.
The collection includes the cover of his sketchbook, a 1959 street scene in Manchester and two figures hand in hand from 1956.
The pieces are to be sold for between £15,000 and £49,500 each at the LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair. Frankie Rowles said: ‘This collection is one of the most things we have had the privilege to sell.’