Small Horizontal Robe by Sean Scully sold for £341,000 at Christie’s Modern British and Irish art evening sale in London this evening. A Windy Day by Sir John Lavery made £1,172,486 in a sale with sell through rates of 90% by lot and 95% by value which brought in £14.6 million. There were world records for Ben Nicholson April 57 (Arbia 2), £3,749,000: John Minton, Jamaican Village, £293,000 and Edward Wadsworth, Imaginary Harbour I, £197,000. The Nicholson was the top lot of the evening in a sale characterised by lively bidding.
André Zlattinger, Senior Director, Head of Modern British Art, Christie’s London and Rachel Hidderley, International Specialist and Director, Modern British Art commented: “Bidding from Asia was particularly strong, underlining the growing global appeal for this dynamic category that represents the diversity of artists working in Britain and Ireland during the last two centuries”.