The Telegraph | Colin Gleadell

In December 1998, a classic 1950s painting by LS Lowry, Early Morning, showing teems of stooping people trudging to work in an industrial city, was knocked down at Sotheby’s for £75,000 to the London dealer Richard Green. With the painting came a paperback copy of Richard Hoggart’s seminal book The Uses of Literacy, with the Lowry painting reproduced on the front cover.

I don’t know if Mr Green knows it, but his £75,000 (minus auctioneer’s commission) was put to inventive use by the seller, who built what is now one of the most interesting corporate collections of contemporary prints to be found in Britain…read more