The Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale realised £21,313,500 /$36,211,637 /€ 26,513,994 selling 78% by lot and 89% by value. The top price was paid for Figure for Landscape, by Dame Barbara Hepworth which realised £4,170,500 / $7,085,680 / €5,188,102 (estimate: £1 – 2 million), setting a new world record price for the artist at auction.
André Zlattinger, Senior Director, Head of Modern British Art, Christie’s London and Rachel Hidderley, Christie’s International Specialist and Director, Modern British Art: “The market for British Art has never been more buoyant. The results of the ‘Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale’ were the highest ever achieved for a various owner sale in the category and reflect the continued demand for 20th century British & Irish Art from collectors across four continents. The sale saw 4 new artist records set for Dame Barbara Hepworth, John Craxton, Dame Elisabeth Frink and F.E. McWilliam. We are particularly pleased with the result of the outstanding Barbara Hepworth sculpture ‘Figure for Landscape’ which realised over £4 million, setting a new world record price for the artist at auction. We witnessed stellar results for Ben Nicholson, Stanley Spencer, William Turnbull and Samuel John Peploe, as well as for the collections of John Craxton and the property formerly from the Collection of Major Ion Harrison, which %100 sold. We look forward to ‘The Modern British & Irish Art Day Sale’ on 26 June 2014.”