The first session of The Evill/Frost Sale fetched a total of £37.5 / US$61.2 million, more than doubling the pre-sale high estimate of £16 million. Each of the 30 lots offered was sold – achieving a ‘white-glove’ sale, with 90% of works selling above their pre-sale high estimate.
The top lot of the evening was Stanley Spencer’s Sunflower and Dog Worship, which sold for £5.4 / US$8.9 million (pre-sale estimates £1-1.5 million), achieving a new record for the artist at auction. With many of the works selling for multiples of their pre-sale estimates, the sale established eight records including woks by Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Edward Burra and Patrick Heron, in addition to the highest price for a work on paper by Lucian Freud.
The Evill/Frost Collection, parts I-III, closed with a final combined total of £42.5 / US$69.3 million, well above the pre-sale high estimate for the sale series of £19 million, achieving the highest price ever for a sale of 20th Century British Art.