South Kensington results: Modern British & Irish Art


Including Works Formerly in the Private Collection of Sir Noël Coward

South Kensington, 19 March 2015, Sale 10442

 [All sold prices include buyer’s premium] 

168 lots sold

Total: £1,942,038/$2,880,042/€2,695,549

87% sold by lot

194 lots offered

$1.483 = £1 / €1.388 = £1

93% sold by value



Estimate (£)

Price Realised



Glyn Warren Philpot, R.A. (1884-1937), Head of a Negro, 1937






European Private


Christopher Wood (1901-1930), Fishing Village, Cornwall, 1926







Christopher Wood (1901-1930), Paris Square, 1925





US Private


Angus Granlund, Head of Sale, Modern British Art: The Modern British and Irish Art sale included works formerly in the private collection of Sir Noël Coward which has helped bring to light both Coward’s love of art as a collector and his skill as a painter. The collection realised a total of £1,274,103 and provided the top three prices for the sale.

Sixteen new world records were set in this sale, including Glyn Warren Philpot, Derek Hill, James Dickson Innes and the sculptor Gertrude Hermes. The saleroom at Christie’s South Kensington was packed and there was competitive bidding both on the telephones and online via Christies LIVETM.

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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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