Attenborough's paintings double estimates



2015-06-26 11:43:48

Attenborough's paintings double estimates

All 51 lots sell for a total 4.6m, led by an L S Lowry piece.

Sotheby's have completed their auction of Sir Richard Attenborough's art collection, which we reported on a while back.

The 2m estimate was smashed on the day with an excited bidding crowd, which bought every lot. There was a memorabilia side to the sale - people were bidding partly for a piece of the much loved Oscar winner - the only actor to win an Oscar for best director.

Perhaps reflecting this, two records were broken for art works by a particular artist: Keith Vaughan's Theseus and the Minotaur (313,000) and Christopher Nevinson's The Battlefields of Britain (217,000).

Leading the way however was L S Lowry's Old Houses. This was already expected to be the biggest seller, listed at 300,000-500,000, but the little skinny men trampled all over that to sell for 881,000.

L S Lowry Old Houses L S Lowry's Old Houses (Click to enlarge)

One work of particular significance to Attenborough - and memorabilia collectors - is the paintingCard Players by Christopher Wood which tripled a valuation of 30,000-50,000 to be taken away for 121,000.

Attenborough had already sold the work once, when finding himself short of funds following the filming of classic Gandhi. The 1982 film won him the Oscar for Best Director (not to mention winning awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and five others).

Sir Richard bought the painting back at the very first opportunity in 1985, for 8,000.

Image: Sotheby's

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