Our 16 March Made in Britain auction showcased the diversity of British art over the past century, and realised an impressive total of £2,115,592, well above the pre-sale expectations. The sale was led by Patrick Heron’s Violet Painting with Orange, Lemon and Black: April – May 1964, which achieved £87,500. New auction records were set for artists and photographers including Ian Davenport, Julian Trevelyan and Mike Figgis, with further strong results by artists including L.S. Lowry, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, whose 1988 work But What Am I Supposed To Wear To The Surface Decoration Ball! sold to the Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch.
Our Made in Britain sales capture the diversity and innovative spirit of British art, design, printmaking, photography and studio ceramics in the 20th century and illustrate the very significant role that Britain played in the development of modernism internationally. With estimates starting in the hundreds of pounds, these sales present the perfect opportunity for a new buyer’s first foray into collecting works by some of the most celebrated British artists.