Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art auction on 13 and 14 June brought a total of £10,659,875. Showcasing a host of fresh-to-market and exciting works by some of Britain’s most sought-after artists, the auction achieved Sotheby’s highest total for an equivalent sale since 2007. Records were achieved for CRW Nevinson, Michael Andrews, Richard Smith and Joe Tilson.
Highlighting the sale were two sculptures by Dame Barbara Hepworth, which realised a combined total of £2,230,000. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help provide new bursaries and enhanced opportunities for students at Wakefield Girls High School, which Hepworth herself attended thanks to a bursary. Forms in Movement (Galliard) of 1956 – a fluid and adventurous sculpture made of bent copper – realised £365,000. A second piece, Quiet Form, brought £1,865,000.
Three works by L.S. Lowry, one of Britain’s best-loved artists, from the collection of another national treasure, the late Cilla Black, sold for a combined total of £698,000. One of the most significant works of art from WWI to ever come to auction, CRW Nevinson’s Troops Resting sold for a record £473,000. Offered at the sale after having remained unseen for 100 years, the pastel set a new auction record for the artist.
A further highlight was Near Malu Kata Evening, Katatjuta (The Olgas) – an extremely rare and monumental painting of Australia by Michael Andrews, which sold for a record £1,265,000. The appearance of any major painting by Andrews is a significant event, as he created a closely-edited and thus relatively small body of work.
Our 13 and 14 June sale of Modern & Post-War British Art showcases a host of fresh-to-market works, including C.R.W. Nevinson’s re-discovered masterpiece Troops Resting, which has not been seen in public since its inclusion in his 1916 Leicester Galleries exhibition. The sale features further exciting works by some of Britain’s most sought-after artists, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Lucian Freud, L.S. Lowry and Frank Auerbach.