New collectors and international buyers drove Sotheby's inaugural Made In Britain auction to £2.3 million, double the low estimate. Auction records were set for Bridget Riley, Reginald Brill, Christopher Le Brun and John Armstrong.
Lydia Wingfield Digby, Co-Head of the Made In Britain Auction commented, "Today's unique sale succeeded in attracting new clients to Sotheby's sale room from a diverse range of international locations across Europe, the US and Asia. Enthusiastic bidding drove over two thirds of the items in the sale above their high estimate. This, together with the high sell-through rate of 85%, reflects the growing international appreciation and demand for the very best examples of some of the greatest Post-War British artists and designers across a broad range of collecting categories."
Sotheby’s is pleased to announce our first Made in Britain sale which will be held in April 2014. The sale will comprise British art from the 20th century and will celebrate British creativity across the disciplines of Fine Art, Prints, Sculpture, Photography, Studio Ceramics, Silver, Furniture and Modern Design.
This sale will demonstrate the links between these disciplines and illustrate the very significant, and often overlooked, role that Britain played in the development of modernism internationally. We hope this sale will introduce a new generation of collectors to these artists and craftsman, who were instrumental figures during this exciting period in British art history.