Sotheby's celebrate icons with Made in Britain sale

Craigie G

Craigie G

2015-08-18 09:19:38

Sotheby's has announced details of its third Made in Britain sale, celebrating British art and design from 1900 to the present day.

The auction will offer around 400 works, ranging from paintings, prints and sculpture to photography, ceramics and design, with prices ranging from £200 up to £60,000 – offering budding collectors the perfect opportunity to enter the art market for the first time.

Amongst the highlights will be works by some of the 20th century's most important British artists, including David Hockney, Lucien Freud, Ben Nicholson, L.S Lowry, Tracey Emin and Richard Hamilton.

Notable lots include an early proof of a print by David Hockney, the diploma he etched for himself at the Royal College of Art when the institution threatened to cancel his graduation.

Hockey had refused to write his final essay, claiming artists shouldn't have to explain themselves in prose and that their work should be enough. The college eventually changed their rules and allowed Hockey to graduate, but his own etched diploma print stands as a symbol of the rebellious streak which remains in his work more than 50 years later.

Further highlights include the small-scale L.S. Lowry work Man Sitting in a Wheelbarrow, The Critic Laughs by influential Pop artist Richard Hamilton, Helen Bradley's depiction of the WWII bombing of London’s Seven Sisters Road, and the rare Lucien Freud print Painter's Garden.

The sale's photography section includes portraits of British cultural and style icons from London in the Swinging Sixties to the 1990s Cool Britannia movement. Highlights include work by Angus McBean, Lorenzo Agius, Rankin, Terry O'Neill and David Bailey.

The sale also offers studio ceramics by the likes of Dame Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Grayson Perry, and rare prints by Ben Nicholson and Bridget Riley.

The Sotheby's Made in Britain sale takes place in London on September 30.

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