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A 1950s tribal beaded mask made by the grasslands people of Cameroon will go under the hammer in a two-day sale at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on September 25-26.

Decorated with blue, red, black and white beads, the 17in (43cm) high dancing group mask features typical blown-up cheeks and two abstract leopard figures on top.

Estimate £3000-4800.

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Painted c.1765-75, this picture above is thought to be the earliest oil painting of Sadler’s Wells, London’s second-oldest theatre after the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane.

The 17in x 2ft 1in (43 x 63cm) oil on canvas shows the south-west view of the theatre and has been attributed to the English landscapist John Inigo Richards (1731-1810), who often worked as a theatre set designer.

At the time of this painting, as well as offering entertainments and health-giving waters, the theatre held a gallery of paintings, mostly of classical gods in suggestive love-scenes. The couple in the painting are seen entering this gallery.

The work is estimated at £2000-3000 in Woolley & Wallis’ Old Masters, British & European Paintings sale on September 11 in Salisbury.

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On September 11, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter will offer the final tranche of pictures from the foundation of the prolific painter Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002).

The sale consists of 77 lots from the Lenkiewicz Foundation with estimates ranging from £100-20,000. Among the works to be included is this 10 x 7½in (25.5 x 19cm) oil-on-board self-portrait, which carries a £3000-5000 guide.

It is the third significant sale of Lenkiewicz pictures BHL has offered, following major dispersals in 2004 and 2008.

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Although the English artist Joseph Appleyard’s (1908-60) primary interests were racing, hunting and polo, he had a love and interest in all sports.

This cricket painting, submitted to the Royal Academy in 1953, depicts the drawn fourth test at Headingley between England and Australia in July 1953. Appleyard painted it from the Kirkstall Lane End and depicts England’s batsmen Len Hutton and Bill Edrich out in the middle.

The 2ft x 3ft (61 x 91cm) oil on board is estimated at £2000-3000 in David Duggleby’s sale in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on September 14.

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