Eardley's Mixer Men painting auctions for $48,500



2015-06-26 13:18:00

Eardley's Mixer Men painting auctions for $48,500

Joan Eardley's student-era oil on canvas The Mixer Men auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull yesterday

A 1944 canvas entitled The Mixer Men by late British artist Joan Eardley has sold for 32,000 ($48,672) at historic Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull.

Joan Eardleys The Mixer Men Joan Eardleys The Mixer Men: "a landmark work" according to Lyon & Turnbull's Nick Curnow

The Mixer Men hails from Eardley's student period, which she spent in Glasgow, studying drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art.

Her talent as an artist was recognised early in her career, which was tragically cut short by cancer in 1963, Eardley aged just 42.

The present large scale oil on canvas was exhibited "on the line" at the Royal Glasgow Institute the year it was painted - a rare honour for a recent graduate.

Eardley's work has previously commanded similar sums at auction. In August 2008, two Eardley pastel drawings made 85,250 ($128,359) and 35,450 ($48,859), respectively.

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