Sotheby's Made in Britain sale sets 10 artist records in London



2015-10-02 09:30:49

A Sotheby's auction celebrating British creativity has realized more than £2.3 million in London, setting 10 new artist records along the way.

The Made in Britain sale on September 30 featured almost 400 lots, including fine art, prints, sculpture, photography, studio ceramics, and design.

Spanning the diversity of the British art world from 1900 up to the present day, the auction surpassed expectations to realize a total of £2,369,619 ($3,590,210).

Leading the sale was Pop artist Richard Hamilton's The Critic Laughs, a set of false teeth mounted on an electric toothbrush, which doubled its pre-sale estimate to bring £97,500 ($147,956).

There were also strong results for Man Sitting in a Wheelbarrow, a small-scale painting by L.S. Lowry which sold for £87,500; the Lucian Freud’s print Painter’s Garden which sold for £37,500; and Lorenzo Agius' portrait of Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit, taken for a 1997 cover of Vanity Fair magazine, sold for a record £9,375.

The auction also set new records for the likes of 60s Pop artist Clive Barker, photographer Angus McBean, Peter Stroud, Simon English and Trevor Tennant.

"The strength of today’s Made in Britain sale demonstrates the growing audience for the very best of British creativity," said Robin Stewart, Modern & Post-War British Art Specialist. "As the buzz in the saleroom reflected, we’ve seen consistent growth in the sale results in this category – for both the best known names as well as lesser known talents.

"It is particularly rewarding to see a rise in online bidding - with total spend online doubling from the last sale. While this is a sale of uniquely British arts, the offering was sought after by an extremely diverse geographical range of buyers hailing from right across the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia.”

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