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    HODGKIN’S COLLECTION SOARS ABOVE ESTIMATE

    Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

    Bhupen Khakhar – De-Luxe Tailors

    The home collection of British painter Howard Hodgkin sold for a combined total of £5,184,887 over a top estimate of £3.8 million at Sotheby’s in London. Bidders had the opportunity to see his work alongside objects from Italy to India that had inspired him and responded with enthusiasm.  No less than 75% of lots sold for prices above their pre-sale high estimate.  The top lot was Bhupen Khakhar’s De-Luxe Tailors which soared above estimate to fetch £1,112,750 (estimate £250,000–350,000). This was a record for the artist. The work had previously been loaned by Hodgkin to feature prominently in the recent Tate retrospective of Khakhar’s work.

    Hodgkin’s friendships were  represented in his personal collection by works of fellow artists with whom he was particularly close. He once described Patrick Caulfield as “the closest I ever came to having a painter-colleague”. Caulfield’s Sweet Bowl  made £524,750.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 10, 2017)

    HOWARD HODGKINS COLLECTION TO BE SOLD

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017

    Antiques, textiles and objects often acquired at auction by the artist Howard Hodgkin, who died aged 84 in March, are to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s  in London on October 24.  More than 400 lots, including tiles, carpet fragments, antiques, drawings and paintings, will be sold.  There are Ottoman, Indian and Islamic tiles, textiles and rugs and fragments of calligraphy, Italian pietra dura marble, prints, mezzotints and engravings.

    The collection also includes artworks by his friends such as Patrick Caulfield, represented by a blue still life of a sweet bowl (£300,000-£500,000); a work by Bhupen Khakhar , The De-Luxe Tailors (£250,000-£350,000) and a Peter Blake postcard on a green felt background, which he gave Hodgkin in 1974 (£8,000-£12,000).

    Hodgkin did not keep his own work as he said they got in the way of new work, though he did keep two paintings from his debut show at the ICA in 1962,  Bedroom and Travelling.  “I have absolutely no desire to collect my own work, but do have what with age seems an almost unquenchable thirst for acquiring other things to look at,” he said.

    Highlights will be on view in Mumbai in September and in Dubai in October. Here is a small selection:

    An interior shot of his home in Bloomsbury, London with items to be auctioned.

    Patrick Caulfield – Sweet Bowl  UPDATE: THIS MADE £524,750

    Howard Hodgkin – Travelling  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Bhupen Khakhar – De-Luxe Tailors  UPDATE: THIS MADE A RECORD £1.1 MILLION