Over 3,000 collectors flocked to Sotheby’s for the Made In Britain auction, featuring works from the iconic Ivy restaurant – a sale that showcased the great breadth and diversity of British art over the past century. The auction achieved an outstanding total of £3,377,068 (against a pre-sale estimate of £1,495,200 - 2,205,790); set a number of new auction records; and included ‘white glove’ status for the impressive selection of British Studio Ceramics, for which every lot sold. Attracting more than 850 bidders from 34 countries across the globe, the sale also achieved strong results for works from the Grosvenor School, as well as prints by Richard Hamilton and sculpture by Antony Gormley.
Following the success of the inaugural Made In Britain auction last year, our upcoming sale is a celebration of the diversity and innovative spirit of British art, design, photography, printmaking and studio ceramics. With estimates ranging from £200 to £100,000, including a rare group of Grosvenor School linocuts, an important collection of prints by Henry Moore, ceramics by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, Property from the Collection of Eugene and Penelope Rosenberg and Works from the Collection of Peter Inskip, Made In Britain offers something for every collector, at every price level.
We are delighted to announce that the 25 March sale will include contents from The Ivy, sold to benefit Child Bereavement UK. A fixture on the London nightlife scene for almost a century, The Ivy is nestled in the heart of London’s theatre district – a haven for actors, authors, politicians and socialites alike. Re-designed in the early 1990s by acclaimed architect M.J. Long, the restaurant included works by leading artists of the Post-War period, such as Bridget Riley, Allen Jones, Howard Hodgkin, Peter Blake and Joe Tilson, which are being offered alongside iconic memorabilia such as the doormat, cutlery and cocktail shakers.