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Modern British Art Evening Sale Launches 20th Century at Christie’s with Highest Category Total

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 giugno 2018

London. Nicholas Orchard, Head of Modern British Art, Christie’s London and William Porter, Head of Sale: “The Modern British Art Evening Sale launched 20th Century at Christie’s realising £26,387,500 / $34,831,500 / €30,055,363, the highest total to date for an evening sale in the category, with exceptional sell-through rates of 94% by lot and 97% by value. Registered bidders from 20 countries across 5 continents underlines the growing international appeal for Modern British Art. The sale was led by Henry Moore’s unique carving Head (£4,621,250 / $6,100,050 / €5,263,604). Further demonstrating the appetite for modern sculpture, world auction records were achieved for Barry Flanagan’s Nijinski Hare (£1,448,750 / $1,912,350 / €1,650,126), Emily Young’s Cautha (£344,750 / $455,070 / €392,670 – 25 times the previous record), both of which were included in the annual exhibition ‘Sculpture in the Square’, and Kenneth Armitage’s Striding Figures (Version 2) (£218,750 / $288,750 / €249,156). Samuel John Peploe’s Still Life with Tulips also achieved a world record for the artist (£992,750 / $1,310,430 / €1,130,742), while Sean Scully’s M.18.04 sold for £488,750 / $645,150 / €556,686, more than three times its estimate of £150,000 and a record in the medium for the artist. Additional sculptural highlights included Khan by William Turnbull (£692,750 / $914,430 / €789,042), Barbara Hepworth’s Tiki (£1,808,750 / $2,387,550 / €2,060,166) and Lynn Chadwick’s Jubilee IV (£2,024,750 / $2,672,670 / €2,306,190).Demand for British painting showed continued global appeal with strong results for the group of Richard Lin paintings from the collection of the artist’s daughter, which all soared above estimate: Painting relief 1965-66 (£236,750 / $312,510 / €269,658), September 1974-79 (£344,750 / $455,070 / €392,670), and Stripes 1968-70 (£272,750 / $360,030 / €310,662). Spirited bidding was seen for Bridget Riley’s Shadow Rhythm (£1,628,750 / $2,149,950 / €1,855,146), which doubled its high estimate of £800,000, and Frank Auerbach’s iconic London street scene Mornington Crescent Looking South II (£608,750 / $803,550 / €693,366). Notable interest was also seen for Sir Stanley Spencer’s Portrait of Kate Morrell (£536,750 / $708,510 / €611,358), David Hockney’s Two Pink Flowers (£536,750 / $708,510 / €611,358) and Pauline Boty’s Portrait of Derek Marlowe with Unknown Ladies (£248,750 / $328,350 / €283,326). 20th Century at Christie’s continues with the Modern British Art Day Sale.

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