Lowry’s painting set to fetch over £ 1.2million at auction
A painting by British artist LS Lowry is expected to fetch over Â£ 1.2million at auction.
The artwork, depicting a bustling crowd of people gathered at an auction, is one of a series of hammered paintings at Sotheby’s Modern British and Irish Art Sale.
The auction will take place on November 23 and will feature works by some of Britain and Ireland’s most famous artists, including Henry Moore, Bridget Riley, Samuel Peploe and Jack Butler Yeats.
Lowry’s work, titled The Auction, has never been offered at auction before and has now been acquired over two decades ago.
Produced on a large scale in 1958, it was exhibited at Lowry’s retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1976 and was last shown at AMNUA in Nanjing, China in 2014.
The artwork is valued at between Â£ 1.2 million and Â£ 1.8million when it goes under the hammer, while a second Lowry coin depicting a windmill is placed at between Â£ 300,000 and Â£ 500,000.
Frances Christie, vice president of Sotheby’s UK & Ireland, said of the artwork: distinctive iconography, could.
The artist was no stranger to auctions himself, and as an avid collector of pre-Raphaelite clocks and art, he indulged his passion with auctions in auction houses from Manchester to London.
She added: “He often kept track of his own photos passing through Sotheby’s later in life, showing an appreciation for his work which stood in stark contrast to the start of his career when he was fighting for recognition. .
“The pleasant circularity of The Auction’s appearance at Sotheby’s would undoubtedly have satisfied Lowry’s wry sense of humor – a life case mimicking art.”
The auction also features a sculpture of Dame Elisabeth Frink from the collection of British fashion designer Dame Mary Quant.
The sculpture, which was the first piece acquired by Quant and which was on display in its living room, is now on sale with an estimate of Â£ 60,000 to Â£ 80,000.
The Modern British & Irish auction will also feature works from early British Modernists including Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood and Edward Wadsworth, to 20th century titans such as Moore and Lowry.
It will feature the generation of post-war sculptors like William Turnbull and Kenneth Armitage, and artists working today including Frank Auerbach and Riley.
Peploe’s work represents Scottish colorists while a diverse group of Irish artists include Yeats, Paul Henry, William Orpen and Gerald Dillon.
A scenic painting by Yeats, titled A Nor ‘Western Town, is also estimated between Â£ 350,000 and Â£ 50,000, while an abstract portrait of Auerbach named Head of Gerda Boehm is estimated between Â£ 350,000 and Â£ 450,000.
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