Record Results for the Best of British Art

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Modern & Post-War British Art took centre stage in London this week with the evening and day sales bringing a combined total of £9,457,250 and a sell-through rate of 92%, the highest ever achieved for the category at Sotheby’s. The sale was led by a monumental sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, which brought £3.8 million and works from Lord & Lady Attenborough’s collection, which raised a total of £1.8 million. The same day, the couple’s celebrated collection of Picasso Ceramics sold for £3,080,875, continuing the 100% sell-through rate from the 2009 sale of their collection. Furthermore, our Scottish Art auction totalled £3,167,875 well above pre-sale expectations of £2.4-3.6 million and A Painter’s Paradise, the sale of works from the Estate of Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden raised £888,250 with every single work finding a buyer. The proceeds from this sale will go towards restoring their historic studios at Durham Wharf to ensure that it remains an artistic centre for future generations. The strong results for Modern British art come just weeks after the Bowie/Collector sales shattered all expectations. Click ahead to see the top lots.

Record Results for the Best of British Art

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