Hunt to find owners of bargain eBay painting that's worth £250,000

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It's times like this when we wish we spent more time browsing through eBay for that perfect purchase.

As for one lucky eBay-lover, their £3,000 purchase for an Edouard Vuillard painting has jumped to the value of £250,000.

The discovery was made when antiques programme Fake or Fortune valued a painting canvas owned by the writer Keith Tutt.

Robert Warren, the previous owner of the canvas, revealed to the Fake or Fortune presenters that the painting was one half of a pair and that the other had been sold on eBay.

Pile of cash
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The owners of the other painting, which sees a couple eating oysters and drinking champagne – oh the life! – are to yet to be told, as Robert cannot remember who he sold it to.

The painting stands tall at four feet high, and is a unusual oval shape. It's probably sat in someone's dining room and they have no idea of the good news!

The mystery continues, as does the hunt to find these owners. Fiona Bruce, co-presenter of the programme said, '"They've bagged themselves the bargain of the century."

Hannah Govier

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