The auction of the A. J. Thompson Collection realised a combined total of £15.2 Million. The works offered represented the greatest collection assembled in recent history of Britain’s favourite artist. The top lot of the sale was Piccadilly Circus, London, which sold for £5,122,000.
Frances Christie, Sotheby’s Head of Modern & Post-War British Art Department commented, “We are delighted with the results of tonight’s sale, which reflect the superb quality of the works that Tony Thompson collected so carefully over the course of three decades. His instinct to hone in on the very best examples of the artist’s work generated the enthusiastic response in the sale room. Underlying this evening’s success was notable international bidding for an artist who is typically considered to have a particularly British appeal. We saw participation from clients not only across Europe but also the US, demonstrating the widespread demand for this remarkable artist. These were collectors who were buying in this collecting category for the first time, as well as clients who were familiar to us but buying their first L.S. Lowry work. Tonight’s result is testament Tony’s passion for L.S. Lowry and his talent in assembling such an extraordinary collection.”
Sotheby’s is delighted to present Lowry: The A.J.Thompson Collection. This group of 15 paintings includes many well-known masterpieces by one of Britain’s best loved artists. Following on from Tate’s highly acclaimed retrospective Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life curated by T.J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner in 2013, The A.J. Thompson Collection provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore Lowry’s compelling range of themes and subjects.
Thompson bought his first Lowry at Sotheby’s in 1982. Over the next three decades he put together an exceptional group of the artist’s work that vividly demonstrates Lowry’s position as a master of social narrative and a unique visionary artist of the 20th century. Encompassing some of the artist’s most iconic works such as Piccadilly Circus, London and A River Bank, the collection also reveals Thompson’s insight and rare instinct as a collector for this wellknown but often misunderstood artist.