Taking place in the midst of the vibrant and vivacious Edinburgh Festival, our August Contemporary & Post-War Art sale drew its own crowd with a busy saleroom, and lots of lively, enthusiastic bidding.
Charlotte Riordan, Head of the Sale, reflects on a selection of the top lots of the sale.
§ JOHN BELLANY C.B.E., R.A., H.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1942-2013)
HELEN WITH ACCORDION C.1971
Sold for £17,500
The top lot of the sale was this striking portrait of the artist’s wife with an accordion, featuring the bold colours and confident handling that are such a trademark of Bellany’s work. The sitter, Helen Bellany, attended the sale, to experience an exciting reunion with a painting she hadn’t seen in decades.
§ GERALD LAING (BRITISH 1936-2011)
BABY BABY WILD THINGS
Sold for £11,875
British Pop Art was well-represented in the sale with a range of works on paper by artists such as David Hockney, Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Gerald Laing. Further information here. Laing’s bold Pop Art prints were particularly admired in the saleroom, before the complete folio of Baby Baby Wild Things achieved £11,875.
§ SIR ROBIN PHILIPSON P.R.S.A., R.A., R.S.W., R.G.I. (SCOTTISH 1916-1992)
NEVERMIND II, 1965-84
Sold for £10,625
In Nevermind II, a painting on which he worked for nearly two decades, Philipson tackles the theme of the Great War to tremendous effect. His work remains particularly popular with local collectors and bidding in the room took it to £10, 625.
§ DAVID BOWIE (BRITISH 1947-2016)
Sold for £6,875
Following the highly successful sale of a DHEAD self-portrait by David Bowie in our March 2016 Contemporary sale, we were delighted to be able to offer another portrait from the series. DHEAD LXII attracted interest from Bowie fans internationally to achieve £6,875.
For more information, or if you are interested in consigning to our next Contemporary & Post-War Art sale, please contact:
Charlotte Riordan | Head of Contemporary & Post-War Art
Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org | 0131 557 8844