Christie’s Modern British Art sales in London achieved a total of £14,815,625 in January, selling an average 88% by lot. Works with exceptional provenance led the Evening Sale, with L.S. Lowry’s The Mill, Pendlebury drawing lively bidding to realise £2,651,250 against a low estimate of £700,000. From the Collection of Richard L. Weisman, William Turnbull’s Hero II, depicted in 1968 by David Hockney in his portrait American Collectors, realised £671,250. Modernist painting had strong appeal throughout the evening, with Ben Nicholson’s 1934 (white relief) (£995,250), John Piper’s Forms on White Ground (£371,250) and Richard Lin’s Painting Relief 27-7-64 (£212,500).
Continuing this success, the Day Sale was 90% sold by lot and 92% by value, with four artist auction records set. Finally, on 23 January, The Delighted Eye: Works from the Collection of Allen and Beryl Freer achieved a sell-through rate of 99% – another outstanding result for a private collection of Modern British Art at Christie’s.
About the lot
Explore works by the leading British artists and sculptors of the 20th century, to be offered over three auctions in London from 21-23 January
Nick Orchard, Head of Modern British & Irish Art, discusses the fascinating provenance of this unusual industrial landscape
Offered on 23 January, a splendid collection of paintings, prints and drawings by Modern British artists including Ivon Hitchens, Winifred Nicholson and John Nash
Impulsive, witty and with a keen sense of the absurd, Lucian Freud’s postcards to his first girlfriend Felicity Hellaby reveal a voracious spirit on the cusp of adulthood
An in-depth look at Britain's most famous Modernist painter
A primer on the sculptor whose art encapsulated mankind’s existential crisis in the post-war era
20th Century Week at Christie’s London
An unmissable opportunity to acquire works by some of the biggest names in Impressionist, Modern and Post-War and Contemporary Art. Preview works during the global tour in Hong Kong and Taipei from 7–15 January, or visit the full view at our King Street galleries in London from 30 January.