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Liz Taylor painting makes £1.28m

A 17th century portrait that hung in Elizabeth Taylor's Bel Air home has sold for two million dollars (£1.28 million) at a New York City auction.

It was only recently reattributed to the Dutch master Frans Hals.

Christie's says Portrait of a Man went to a buyer bidding by phone. Its presale estimate was up to one million dollars (£640,000).

In 1974, a scholar attributed it to one of Hals' followers, based on a photo of the work.

Christie's says it was reattributed to Hals last year by an ex-curator at Holland's Frans Hals Museum.

Taylor received the painting from her art dealer father.

Christie's London will sell other paintings from Taylor's collection on February 7-8.

The Hals was the only Old Master in her collection.

The actress died in March at the age of 79.

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