Lucian Freud World Record price and Stanley Spencer lead $61.1m art sale


2015-06-26 12:26:27


Lucian Freud World Record price and Stanley Spencer lead $61.1m art sale

Workmen, bathers and a boy burglar were the toast of the Evill/Frost sale, which continues today

As we've reported, Sotheby's is auctioning the Evill/Frost collection this week, which has been described as the "greatest collection of 20th Century British Art ever to auction".

Sotheby's 20th Century British Art

The pieces were collected by Wilfred Evill between 1925 and 1960. Theyhave been largely kept out of the public eye since a memorial exhibitionfor the late Evillat Brighton City Art Gallery in 1965.

Right from the start, bidders have been itching to battle over the works, which include Lucian Freud, Stanley Spencer, Patrick Heron and Henry Moore.

The first day has already seen prices bursting past estimates right, left and centre, with Freud taking the early plaudits: Boy on a Sofa, his early portrait of child burglar Billy Lumley who Freud painted after Lumley tried to break into his house, has set a world record price for the artist.

Created in 1944, the work was bought that same year for 18. But yesterday it sold for just under 1.5m ($2.4m), trouncing its 400,000-600,000 estimate. What a fantastic investment that proved to be.

Stanley Spencer Workmen in the HouseStanley Spencer's ($7.7m) Workmen in the House

This was by no means the top lot of the day, however, as Stanley Spencer's works provoked frenzied bidding, with his Workmen in the House easily surpassing its 1.5m-2.5m listing to achieve 4,745,250 (over $7.7m).

His The Bathing Pool, Dogs provided an even more remarkable performance as the 800,000-1,200,000 listed work almost matched its more hyped relation, achieving 4,185,250.

The second part of the sale is just getting underway now and features two more works by Spencer: Hilda with Bluebells and Portrait of Hilda expected to hit up to 600,000 between them. Watch this space for more results from this extraordinary sale.

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