A COLLECTION of paintings owned by the scientists who developed the vaccine against hepatitis B is expected to fetch up to £800,000 for the trust they founded for young biology students.

Sir Kenneth Murray, who died last year, and his wife, Lady Noreen, who passed away in 2011, amassed a number of art works, which include examples by John Duncan Fergusson, Anne Redpath and Joan Eardley.

A painting by the French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is estimated to sell for up to £350,000. The entire collection will go under the hammer at separate sales being held this summer in Bonhams in Edinburgh, London and New York.

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Proceeds will go towards the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh, which they set up to support young biologists in their doctoral studies.