From THE TELEGRAPH:
LS Lowry was instantly taken with the tiny Wath Brow Mission Church during a visit to Cumbria in 1948. His painting is now worth hundreds of thousands of pounds and is thought to be held in a private collection, but the church itself still stands close to Cleator Moor.
But after almost 130 years as a place of worship, the 300-seat church has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Church of England. It is to be sold at auction with a guide price of £60,000 to £70,000 - a fraction of the value of the painting itself..
The local council has indicated it is happy for the church to be redeveloped into a house or business, on one condition: that Lowry’s famous façade is left intact.
COMMENT: Any takers?