Icons of London top £1 million in Christie’s auction



2015-06-26 11:03:57

Icons of London top £1 million in Christie’s auction

4 Sep 2012, 10:10 GMT+01

As a summer that Londoners will never forget draws to a close, Christie’s have paid tribute to the city with an auction celebrating the rich history of the capital.

The London Sale took place on Monday (September 3), and offered collectors around the world the chance to acquire iconic images and artefacts symbolising the city’s social, cultural and political history.

Ranging from 19th century landscapes and Olympic medals to Margaret Thatcher and Amy Winehouse, the auction captured the spirit of a city which at once both steeped in tradition and culturally progressive.

“There has been a real buzz in and around London this summer, and it has been a pleasure to join in the excitement by staging such a special auction celebrating the art and icons of the capital,” said Nicolas Martineau, Director, Head of Sale and Auctioneer.

“Showcasing London’s rich history through the objects and works of art on offer, Christie’s The London Sale exhibition ran for six weeks, welcoming over 16,000 visitors including local residents and tourists from around the world. The packed saleroom and the results from the auction are testament to the popularity and fondness felt for the city of London by all who visit.”

This popularity was also evident in the results, as the sale exceeded the high-end estimate of £1,315,500 to achieve a total of £1,442,813.

Topping the auction were artworks by the likes of John Atkinson Grimshaw, whose landscape ‘Southwark Bridge and St Paul’s’ sold for £361,250, and Edward Seago, whose ‘The Quadriga, Hyde Park Corner’ achieved £91,250.

However, more unusual lots came in the form of an iconic 1966 Routemaster Double Decker bus which sold to a South Korean bidder for £67,250, and an original wartime ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster which sold for £12,500, more than ten times its high estimate of £1,200.

A selection of seven outfits worn by the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sold for a combined total of £73,125, and a gold medal awarded at the 1908 London Olympic Games brought £17,500.

The sale also featured iconic images from the world of music and celebrity, with the work of photographer Terry O’Neil capturing names such as David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton and Terence Stamp. Topping the photography section was a portrait of singer Amy Winehouse, whose life and work was deeply connected to her home city.

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