Total: Today's auction of Prints & Multiples achieved £3,170,250 / $3,662,273, firmly within the pre-sale estimate (£2,873,700 – 4,093,800).
Statistics on Bidders & Buyers: Participants hailed from 39 countries, with buyers situated across the UK, Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania.
Online Buyers: 40% of buyers placed their winning bids online, an increase of 30% from the equivalent sale in 2019.
Edvard Munch Resonates
The top lot of today’s auction was a rare and moving motif by preeminent Norwegian printmaker, Edvard Munch. The 1897 impression of Towards the Forest I achieved an above-estimate £375,000 (Lot 96, est. £200,000-300,000).
Later in the sale, Melancholy III sold for £250,000 (Lot 98, est. £200,000-300,000); The Girls on the Bridge sold for £237,500 (Lot 97, est. £180,000-230,000); The Brooch. Eva Mudocci sold for £50,000 (Lot 101, est. £40,000-60,000); and Omega’s Flight sold for £8,750 (Lot 102, est. 7,000-9,000)
A Penchant for Pop
This season’s sale was underscored by a special segment of artworks devoted to the King of Pop, Andy Warhol, and his innovative Pop Art peers Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Richard Hamilton and Tom Wesselmann.
25 lots by Andy Warhol hit the block, and a rare complete set of four prints of Ludwig van Beethoven stole the show at £275,000, in the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth (Lot 188, est. £200,000-300,000).
Six works by Pop pioneer Roy Lichtenstein found a new home, including I Love Liberty which achieved £52,500 (Lot 157, (est. £30,000-50,000).
A bright and bold screenprint in colours led a trio of works by Keith Haring, selling for £187,500 (Lot 189, est. £150,000-200,000).
Old Master Prints
This morning’s Old Master Prints segment was led by an engraving of the utmost rarity by 15th century German printmaker, Master E.S. - a goldsmith who was the first graphic artist to sign his engravings with a monogram. The Visitation (lot 13, est. £15,000-25,000) sold for £43,750.
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