Belfast Telegraph

Stormont art collection with a six-figure price tag

By Rebecca Black

Stormont owns a treasure trove of art worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, it has emerged.

The Assembly Commission boasts a number of artworks, most of which are kept in a secure storage unit in Newtownabbey.

The most expensive painting is The Obelisk on the Boyne by Joseph Tudor - worth £250,000.

The 1746 painting is one of the pieces currently being kept in storage.

The next most valuable is a depiction of the State Opening of the Northern Ireland Parliament by William Conor, which has been valued at £40,000. It is displayed in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, while a smaller version of the painting, worth £20,000, is on display in a room there.

And an artwork by Pieter Van Der Meulen, believed by some to include King William III and the Pope, and also estimated to be worth £40,000, is on display in the Speaker's office at Stormont.

Many of the more modern paintings in the collection - including a depiction of the late Lord Bannside by David Nolan, which overlooks the Great Hall - are worth around £5,000 each.

The value of the artworks was revealed following an Assembly Question to the Assembly Commission. The last valuation was carried out in 2011. A fresh one is planned for early next year.

Earlier this year, Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir proposed putting the artwork his department owns on display in public buildings such as hospitals.

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