Arts minister places UK export bar on £26.2m Francesco Guardi painting

By Mark Brown Arts correspondent

Huge painting of Rialto Bridge was sold at auction last summer to an overseas buyer but committee says it would be ‘regrettable loss' for the UK

A huge painting of Venice's Grand Canal by Francesco Guardi has had a temporary export bar placed on it by ministers in an attempt to prevent it leaving the UK.

‘Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi' was owned by successive generations of the Guinness family before it was sold last summer to an overseas buyer at a Christie's auction for £26.2m.

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