A RARE collage created by the late Scots artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi for a spectacular tapestry is expected to fetch £6000 at auction today.

The abstract collage, which features dozens of brightly coloured printed pieces of paper, was the basis of his Pearson Tapestry – designed by the Edinburgh artist and sculptor and woven at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh in 1996.

Paolozzi – who died in 2005 aged 81 – gifted the signed collage to a colleague, whose family have now decided to part with it. The 34cmx47cm piece will be sold at Shapes' Fine Art and Antiques sale in Edinburgh.

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Gavin Lindsay, senior auctioneer, said "It is extremely vibrant. All components have been cut out, arranged and stuck down to create this remarkable design."