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    RECORDS TUMBLE AT CHRISTIE’S DEFINING BRITISH ART 250TH ANNIVERSARY SALE

    Thursday, June 30th, 2016
    Henry Moore - Festival. The 1951 work was commissioned for the Festival of Britain.

    Henry Moore – Festival. The 1951 work was commissioned for the Festival of Britain.

    Christie’s Defining British Art: Evening Sale, curated as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the company, was led by an iconic sculpture by Henry Moore in London tonight. His Reclining Figure, Festival sold for a record £24.7 million in a sale that brought in £99,479,500. There were records for Frank Auerbach, Lynn Chadwick, Frederick Lord Leighton, Henry Moore, Samuel John Peploe, Bridget Riley, David Roberts and Thomas Daneill. Registered bidders from 32 countries from across four continents demonstrated continuing global demand. The sale was 87% sold by lot and 83% sold by value.  The diverse works of art represented provided a journey through British art over four centuries. Version No. 2 of Lying Figure with Hypodermic Syringe by Francis Bacon made £20.2 million.

    Ever since James Christie first opened his doors in 1766 the company has championed art and artists and artists like Reynolds and Gainsborough were regular visitors to the rooms in early years.

     “We saw global participation tonight with strong bidding from the Americas and are very pleased with establishing so many artist world records in this sale that celebrated British art and our long relationship with artists and collectors,” said Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President and lead auctioneer. “We thank all our clients, vendors and buyers, past, present or future, for entrusting us now and over the centuries with the safe passage of precious and historic objects – from one country to another, and from one generation to its successor.”

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 2 and June 9, 2016)

    A GROUNDBREAKING RECLINING FIGURE BY HENRY MOORE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, June 9th, 2016
    Henry Moore - Reclining Figure: Festival © Susan Young

    Henry Moore – Reclining Figure: Festival © Susan Young

    Henry Moore’s ground-breaking 1951 modernist sculpture Reclining Figure: Festival will lead the sculpture section of Christie’s 250th  anniversary auction, Defining British Art, in London on June 30.  Commissioned for the Festival of Britain in 1951 it was a focal point on the newly built South Bank. This was Moore’s first large reclining figure to be cast in bronze. The artist said it was the first sculpture in which he succeeded in making form and space sculpturally inseparable. The work is now estimated at £15-20 million. It will be offered alongside further large-scale major British sculptures by Dame Barbara Hepworth, Sea Form (Atlantic), 1964 (£3-5 million) and Lynn Chadwick, Back to Venice, 1988 from the artist’s estate (£1.4-1.8 million).

    Cyanne Chutkow, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, Christie’s said: “Reclining Figure: Festival is one of the great masterpieces of Moore’s oeuvre and is arguably his most masterful and elegant sculptural synthesis of form and space. Privately held in an American collection for almost a half century, this work is a testament to the owners’ discerning and sophisticated artistic sensibility.”

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR A RECORD £24.7 MILLION

    MADE IN BRITAIN AUCTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

    Around 250 artworks illustrating the role Britain played in the development of modernism will feature at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction in London on March 16.   The sale encompasses fine art, prints, sculpture, photography, studio ceramics and design.

    This is the fourth Made in Britain said and estimates start at just £200.  There are works by L.S. Lowry, Damien Hirst, Patrick Heron, Norman Parkinson, Frank Auerbach, Mary Fedden and David Hockney. The auction will also offer 19 works from the collection of the Martyn Goff, the driving force behind the Booker Prize. His first novel, The Plaster Fabric, was published in 1957. A highlight from the collection is a maquette for Henry Moore’s screen for the Time-Life building in Mayfair (£15,000-20,000).

    Henry Moore - Time-Life screen.

    Henry Moore – Time-Life screen.

    Banksy's Have a Nice Day.

    Banksy’s Have a Nice Day.