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Modern Post War British Art, 11 – 12 Jul 2013


Our strong results of the past several years are a testament to the growing interest and international attention in British Modern and Post-War artists. Our biannual auction forthcoming in July (formerly in May) builds on this exciting momentum.

Sotheby’s cemented our status as an international market leader in this category in 2011, with our landmark sale of The Evill/Frost Collection, the most prestigious collection of 20th-century British art ever to come to the market. Excitingly, this auction set new auction records for eight artists, including Sir Stanley Spencer, Edward Burra, Graham Sutherland, and Patrick Heron, as well as achieving a record for a Lucian Freud work on paper. The £39 million total was the highest-ever total for a sale of 20th-century British art.

Since our auction of The Stanley J. Seeger Collection in 2001 helped to establish the market for 20th-century British art by raising prices for artists such as Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon to all new levels, success has steadily built on a legacy of offering the very best single-owner collections of 20th-century British art at auction. Triumphs in 2009 quickened the pace. Our 100% sold white-glove sale of The Collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough achieved outstanding results for artists such as Laurence Stephen Lowry, Graham Sutherland, Henry Moore, and Barbara Hepworth, many of whom the Attenboroughs knew personally. Proudly, our auction of The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art raised £4.7 million for the launch the African Arts Trust – a charity that works directly with artists to support grass roots arts organisations on that continent –with outstanding results that included the sale of Sean Scully’s Wall of Light for £565,250 against an estimate of £250,000–350,000.

Among the outstanding private collections we offered this past November was that of Colin St John Wilson, featuring extremely rare examples of Pop Art from the early 1960s. In 2012, Sotheby’s set artist records at auction for William Roberts, John Craxton, Alfred Wallis, John Wells, Arthur Jackson and Sandra Blow, achieving close to £22 million total sales in this category.

11 – 12 Jul 2013

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