RESULTS: 20th Century British Art

20th Century British Art 

South Kensington – Thursday, 15 December 2011

Sale no: 3527 – Top Three

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]






Lots Sold:  137

Lots Offered: 181

Sold by Lot: 76%

Sold by £: 88%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.545  /  €1.188





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price



Robyn Denny (b.1930), Painting May – August 1957, 1957



UK Trade


John Piper, C.H. (1903-1992), St. Mark’s Square, Venice, 1960


£39,650 $61,259

UK Private


Bill Jacklin (b.1943), The Black Umbrella, Times Square III


£32,450 $50,135

UK Private


Comment: Lydia Wingfield-Digby, Specialist and Head of Sale comments:

“Concluding a tremendously successful year for 20th century British art at Christie’s, which has seen our sales in South Kensington achieve the highest total since 2006, we are very pleased with the results of our December sale. World record prices were achieved for several works, including the top lot, Painting May-August 1957 by Robyn Denny which sold for £51,650, as well as for Bill Jacklin (lot 69), Pierre Adolphe Valette (lot 121) and Michael Fussell (lot 182). The northern section of the sale attracted a high level of interest, with The Canal, Ancoats, Manchester by L.S. Lowry (lot 125) selling for £18,750 to an online bidder; 30% of the sale was bought or directly underbid online.”


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Next Sale Date:

The next sale in South Kensington will be held on 22 March 2012.

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