A WORK by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla could fetch up to €3 million at auction in London.

The piece, Ninos en la Playa (Children on the Beach), will go on sale for the first time since the 1950s when it arrives at Sotheby’s auction house in May.

“As well as being an exquisite painting, with a wonderfully fresh contemporary feel to it, it also has a fascinating history,” said Adrian Biddell, head of Sotheby’s 19th Century Paintings Department.

Sorolla spent the summer of 1916 in his native region of Valencia while taking a break from his monumental work, Vision of Spain.

During this time he painted a series of coastal images, and Ninos en la Playa was quickly snapped up by Spanish art collector Maria Bauza de Rodriguez.

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