Press Release  June 26, 2017

Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale Launches 20th Century at Christie’s Totalling £20,199,500 / $25,734,162 / €22,966,831

André Zlattinger, Head of Modern British & Irish Art and Will Porter, Head of Sale: “The Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale launched 20th Century at Christie’s (17 – 30 June 2017) totalling £20,199,500 / $25,734,162 / €22,966,831 and was led by Henry Moore’s Family Group which saw spirited bidding in the room and on the phone, selling for £3,861,000 / $4,918,914 / €4,389,957 to an Asian collector.

Barbara Hepworth’s Curved Form (Bryher II) realised £3,301,000 / $4,205,474 / €3,753,237 and is currently featured in the exhibition ‘Sculpture in the Square’, an outdoor sculpture garden set within St James’s Square, until 29 June 2017.

The sale opened with a world auction record for Henry Lamb’s Portrait of Edie McNeill (£281,000 / $357,994 / €319,497), a painting formerly in the collection of Captain John Ernest Crawford Flitch. 

Additional records were achieved for Victor Pasmore’s Linear Motif in Black and White (£329,000 / $419,146 / €374,073) and Nic Fiddian-Green’s Still Water (£209,000 / $266,266 / €237,633).

A record in the medium was realised for L. S. Lowry’s 1939 drawing A Station Platform (£269,000 / $342,706 / €305,853). Registered bidders from 10 countries demonstrate the global appeal for key works from the 20th Century with sell-through rates of 69% by lot and 82% by value. We look forward to the Modern British & Irish Art Day Sale which takes place on 27 June 2017 at 11am.” 

ARTIST RECORDS

Nic Fiddian-Green, Still Water, £209,000 / $266,266 / €237,633
Henry Lamb, Portrait of Edie McNeill, £281,000 / $357,994 / €319,497
L. S. Lowry, A Station Platform, £269,000 / $342,706 / €305,853 (record in the medium)
Victor Pasmore, Linear Motif in Black and White, £329,000 / $419,146 / €374,073

Please find the Top Ten attached.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in first half of 2017 that totalled £2.35 billion / $3 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

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