Charlotte Riordan, Head of the Sale, reflects on a selection of the top lots of the sale.
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.
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.
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.
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.