View of the Acropolis by Hermann Corrodi, £13,000 at Roseberys.

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Two phone bidders battled it out for the 17in x 2ft 9in (43 x 85cm) oil on canvas, which was guided at £8000-12,000 in an Old Master, British & European pictures sale held on March 29 in south London.

The work is a version or study for a larger painting by Corrodi, almost double the size, which sold at Christie’s in 2015 for £26,000.

Corrodi gained international attention as a painter of Orientalist subjects through his commissions from the British and Austro-Hungarian royal families and travelled extensively throughout Europe, north Africa and the Near East, exercising his talent for subtlety in the gradation of colour, shadow and light.

While demand is not quite what it was a decade ago, large sums over £100,000 are still paid for his largest and best compositions.