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    LONDON TO ST. IVES AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, June 5th, 2017

    London to St. Ives, a journey through British Art is the title of the sale of an important private collection at Sotheby’s on June 29.  The evening sale comprises 49 works and features British artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Anthony Caro.

    During the middle of the 20th century, London – bomb-ravaged and starving but still the capital city of a global empire – had a serious competitor as the artistic capital in a small fishing village at the westernmost tip of the country. In both London and Cornwall, artists wrestled with the question posed by German philosopher Adorno – how could one write poetry after the horrors of Auschwitz? For London-based artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Reg Butler this resulted in an intense and forensic re-examination of the human figure and human relationships. In St Ives artists such as Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost turned to abstraction. This is an auction of work by the British artists at the forefront of the avant-garde. It is estimated to bring in between £3-5 million.

    Peter Lanyon – Fly Away 1961 (£300,000-500,000)

    Patrick Heron – Tall Brown June 1959 (£400,000-600,000)

    Frank Auerbach – Jake Seated (£300,000-500,000)

    A RECORD BREAKING NIGHT FOR BRITISH ART

    Friday, November 11th, 2016
    Frank Auerbach’s Head of Gerda Boehm sold for £3.8m

    Frank Auerbach’s Head of Gerda Boehm sold for £3.8m

    With participants from 46 countries there were records for 11 British artists at Part 1 of the sale of the David Bowie Collection at Sotheby’s.  The first session, a white glove sale in which every lot found a buyer in a record breaking night for British art,  doubled the high estimate and totalled  £24.3 million.

    There were artists records for Frank Auerbach, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Winifred Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Henry Lamb, Harold Gilman, Ivon Hitchens, Kenneth Armitage, Bryan Wynter, Patrick Caulfield and Meret Oppenheim.  Over the course of the 10-day pre-sale exhibition in London, more than 37,000 people came to Sotheby’s to view the collection, making for the best attended pre-sale exhibition London has ever witnessed.  The top lot of the evening was Air Power 1984 by Jean Michel Basquiat which made £7.1 million.

    Bowie famously said of the Frank Auerbach painting illustrated left: “My God, yeah!  I want to sound like that looks”. 

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000 over a top estimate of £180,000 and Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750 over a top estimate of £15,000.

    Part I: Modern and Contemporary Art, Evening Auction: £24.3m

    Part II: Modern and Contemporary Art, Day Sale: £7.2m

    Part III: Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group: £1.4m

     

    “David Bowie’s personal art collection captured the imagination of the tens of thousands who visited our exhibitions and the thousands who took part in the sales. Sotheby’s is truly honoured to have had the opportunity to share this collection with the world and, in doing so, offer a fresh insight into the creative mind of one of the greatest cultural figures of our time.”– Oliver Barker, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe

    Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750.

    Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000.