Drawing widespread international clients to the field Modern & Post-War British Art, the November sale saw participation from Europe, the US, Asia, South America and India and brought a combined total of £6,388,288 (est. £6,058,500 - £8,861,500). The top lot of the sale was Edward Burra’s vibrant Striptease, Harlem watercolour and gouache of 1934 which fetched the above-high estimate sum of £842,500 (est. £600,000-800,000). Artist records were achieved for Roger Hilton, with December 1960 selling for £170,500 (est. £60,000-80,000) and for a work on paper by Leon Kossoff with Willesden Junction fetching £206,500 (est. £60,000-80,000). Strong prices were achieved for Henry Moore’s Working Model for Mother and Child of 1983, which came to auction from the collection of internationally renowned conductor and composer Georg Solti K.B.E and fetched £482,500 (£400,000-600,000), and for one of Britain’s best-loved artists L.S. Lowry, with his painting Outside the Factory reaching £410,500 (est. £200,000-300,000).
Sotheby’s sale of Modern & Post-War British Art on 18 and 19 November opens with Art in Architecture: Property from the Collection of Eugene and Penelope Rosenberg. Eugene, an eminent architect, and his wife established lasting relationships with many prominent artists, and the collection includes works by Henry Moore, William Scott and Naum Gabo, amongst others. The sale also presents important paintings by leading British artists such as Edward Burra, Stanley Spencer, L. S Lowry, Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron, complimented by key sculptures such as The Hunt by Anthony Caro, and Working Model for Mother and Child: Block Seat by Henry Moore from The Collection of Sir George Solti K.B.E.