Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art and Modern & Post-War British Art sales total £123.7m / $134.6m this week
Shelter Drawing: Seated Mother and Child (circa 1941)
Sold for £855,000 / $1.1 million
One of the most tender and worked drawings Moore created during the Second World War, Shelter Drawing: Seated Mother and Child met with significant demand. At the heart of the work is a mother and child – one of the artist’s most significant motifs – displaying the hope and humanity that drove the defiant home front. Ahead of the auction, the masterful drawing had last been exhibited in 2010 as part of a major retrospective on the artist at Tate Britain.
Still Life (Speckled) March 18 – 49
Sold for £639,000 / $802,967
Appearing at auction for the first time, this stellar modernist re-telling of the classic still-life encapsulates Nicholson’s ability to dance elegantly between line and form, colour and texture and representation and abstraction. Inspired by the Synthetic Cubism of Picasso and Braque, Nicholson gives the work a British twist through his palette of greens, blues and pinks.
Sold for £293,750 / $369,126
Having resided in a private collection for nearly forty years, Flanagan’s mischievous hares – their elaborate balancing act captured permanently in bronze – made their auction debut. This cast was exhibited at the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1982.
RECORDS ACHIEVED ACROSS THE SALE SERIES
Epidemie (circa 1900-01)
Sold for £963,000 / $1.2 million – triple the previous record
Sixteen exceptional drawings by Kubin were offered across the Evening and Day sales, bringing a grand total was £4.2 million, more than eight times over the low estimate of £518,000. Following on from the Evening Sale record, the second and third top prices for the artist were achieved today. Formerly in the illustrious collection of Max Morgenstern, Kubin’s great patron and supporter, they were restituted from the Lenbachhaus museum in Munich to the heirs of Max and Hertha Morgenstern.
Relational Painting, No. 60 (1952)
Sold for £759,000 / $953,759
Making its auction debut, the “relational painting” by the Swiss abstract artist was being offered to benefit the acquisitions fund of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Random Illusion No. 6 (1969)
Sold for £100,000 / $125,660
Homage to Naum Gabo (1948)
Sold for £61,250 / $76,967
Sold for £27,500 / $34,557
Tea for Two (1949)
Sold for £10,000 / $13,086
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