No Bids for 'Jane Austen' Painting
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
In life, Jane Austen received just one bid for her hand. Two hundred years later, there were no bids for her portrait. The painting of a young girl with a parasol was expected to fetch up to $800,000 at auction, billed as the only known painting of the English author. But some scholars had insisted it wasn't Austen at all: her outfit was all wrong and she was too pretty for a writer who celebrated character over beauty.
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