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news Fashion looms large in this month’s events, including an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s textiles and a focus on Georgian outfits

Sew long The results of one of the National Trust’s longest conservation projects in its history are set to go on show later this year. After a 24-year revamp, the last of the 13 ‘Hardwick Tapestries’ is set to return to the Long Gallery at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire in the early summer. The conservation of each tapestry has cost £278,000, taking more than two years to complete.

Hardwick Hall’s Denise Edwards said: “The tapestries are huge and one of the most ambitious tapestry sets of the period, rivalling other great works of the 1530s and 1540s.”

Top Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Dance on the Beach carries a pre-sale estimate of £12m-£20m

Above The painting on board the MS Black Watch in 1969

Right Panagyurishte treasure, Thracian, 400-300BC, © National Museum of History, Bulgaria

Below left Th e Hardwick Tapestry (Gideon Attacking the Midianites, 1578) being worked on in the Long Gallery at Hardwick Hall, © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Hidden masterpiece A 4m-wide painting by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) hidden in a barn, to keep it out of the hands of German soldiers, is to be sold with the proceeds split with the family of the Jewish man who was forced to sell it when fleeing the Nazis.

The monumental Dance on the Beach will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on March 1 and is estimated to fetch around £12m-£20m. It is being sold by the family of Thomas Olsen, a Norwegian shipowner and Munch’s neighbour, who died in 1969. Olsen bought the painting in Oslo in 1934, just months after Curt Glaser, an eminent German academic, had been forced to sell it in Berlin.

He hung it in the first-class lounge of his passenger liner, the MS Black Watch but, after Britain declared war on Germany, he hid the painting in a remote barn in the Norwegian forest.

TREASURE TROVE Described as a “once-in-a-generation” loan, there’s an opportunity to see the Panagyurishte treasure in May when it goes on display at the British Museum.

Made up of nine richly decorated gold vessels: eight rhyta used to pour wine and one bowl to drink it, the treasure was accidentally discovered by three brothers in Bulgaria in 1949.

The pieces will take centre stage at the exhibition Luxury and Power: Persia to Greece, from May 4 to August 13, whch considers how objects were used as symbols of authority between high-ranking members of the two sparring cultures. While Athenians considered Persian culture decadent, they also tried to emulate it.

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