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major world capitals in any global assessment. Largely ignored during his lifetime Mackintosh has become one Scotland’s finest unique selling points in attracting visitors to the extent that VisitScotland uses Mackintosh iconography alongside whisky, golf and dramatic highland landscapes in its marketing the world over.

A still life painting called ‘Yellow Tulips’ sold for £130,000 while a pair of mahogany card room chairs went for £46,000 asserting the premise that anything to do with Charles Rennie Mackintosh is valuable.


Today it is almost impossible to flip open any book on world Art Nouveau without finding a chapter on Glasgow. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s achievements in architecture and design have ensured Glasgow’s place alongside

“Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse, a position that is as relative today as it was over 100 years ago when Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries created Glasgow Style, which remains instantly recognisable and continues to permeate the designs of many different things we see today,” said Duncan Dornan, head of Glasgow Museums. “His contribution to cultural life in Scotland cannot be understated.”

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