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New Record for Lowry Print

3rd March 2020.

Tennants Auctioneers have set a new auction record for a signed limited edition Lowry print, with the sale of ‘Going To The Match’ for £25,000 (plus buyer’s premium), beating the previous record of £22,000 which was set at Tennants in 2015. The Fine Art Trade Guild signed print was from an edition of 300, published in 1972 and has been in the same family since it was bought in the year of publication.

‘Going to the Match’ was one of a number of prints after L.S. Lowry in their Modern & Contemporary Art Sale on 29th February, all of which saw good results, proving the continuing strength of the market and demand for these works. Other lots of note included ‘Fever Van’, which sold for £5,000, and ‘Peel Park’, which sold for £4,200.

Elsewhere in a very strong sale, good prices were seen for Eliot Hodgkin’s ‘Mixed Flowers and Scissors’ of 1935, which sold for £10,000 against an estimate of £2,000-3,000 and a group of works by John Egerton Christmas Piper drew much attention. Piper’s designs for textiles for David Whitehead and Sons, a fabric mill in Lancashire, were executed in the 1950s and were being sold by the descendants of Whitehead’s chief designer. Highlights of Piper’s original designs included ‘Piazza’, which sold for £6,000, and ‘Venetian Palazzo’, which sold for £4,200.

Solid results were seen once again for Northern Art, with a group of works by Pennine artist Peter Brook selling strongly. Top lots by the artist, which were sold from the artist’s estate, included ‘A Fold in the Cheviots’ that sold for £3,700. A further tranche of bronze animal sculptures by Sally Arnup, also sold from the artist’s estate saw confident bidding and international interest; top lots included her ’Short Clawed Otter and Crab’, which sold for £2,200 and ‘Friesian Bull’s Head’, which also sold for £2,200.

The sale also included a group of Avant-Garde works by the New Vision Centre Group, from the estate of one of the artists, Marie Walker Last. Highlights included Walker Last’s ‘Space Intangibles’, which sold for £3,400, and a group of works by Guyanan/British artist Aubrey Williams including his ‘Presence of Knipipa’ which sold for £3,800 against an estimate of £700-1,000.

Finally, a picture of the building of Sydney Opera House by Robert Emerson Curtis was sold for £950, with the proceeds being donated to WIRES, and Australian wildlife rescue charity who have been instrumental in the aftermath of the devastating wildfires. The picture was donated by Professor Paul Cook.

We are currently accepting lots for the next Modern and Contemporary Sale on 20th June 2020, please contact 01969 623780 or enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk for details.

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