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Wonderful benefactor: The late Jacqueline Crookston pictured in June 2008 on her last visit to Taronga Zoo.
Wonderful benefactor: The late Jacqueline Crookston pictured in June 2008 on her last visit to Taronga Zoo.

2009-12-02 - Sydney, Australia , ILIANA STILLITANO

A PAINTING not seen publicly since it was bought by the late Camden doctor Robert Crookston in 1945 sold for $575,000 last week and helped set a sales record for auction house Sotheby's. The painting a powerful image of a country woman confronting the tragedy of the 1944 drought was part of an estate owned by Dr Crookston's daughter Jacqueline which she bequeathed to the Taronga Foundation when she died, aged 96, in July.

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