A judge ordered an auction house to pay a woman $200,000 for failing to recognize a pair of paintings as possible masterworks, and then selling them for just one-tenth of their worth.

High Court Judge Simon Brown on Tuesday ordered Messenger May Baverstock to pay damages to Penelope Luxmoore-May for botching the 1985 auction of two paintings that were in the style of 18th century master George Stubbs.The paintings, renderings of foxhounds, were sold by the auction house for $1,500. They were purchased by an art dealer, who subsequently sold them through the Sotheby's auction house as the work of Stubbs for $162,000. They were subsequently sold again for an undisclosed price to American multi-millionaire Paul Mellon.