Modern British and Irish Art
29 May 2013, starting at 14:00 BST.

Auction information

The 29 May sale was the departments most successful auction to date making almost £5m.

Furthermore, it was 90% sold by value with some staggering results achieved for fresh, competitively priced material sourced from private collections. Over half of sold lots soared above their high estimates, indicating that Bonhams is best positioned to secure the best price for your Modern British & Irish Art.

The variety on offer within this genre continues to delight buyers, proven by exceptional results for post-war masters such as Auerbach, Scully, Hockney and Freud whilst the early-mid century examples by Spencer, Lavery, Burra and Moore also exceeded expectation. We were proud to break our own world auction record twice over in the same sale for a pencil drawing by L.S. Lowry. Agecroft Regatta sold for £211,250, pipping The Organ Grinder (£151,250) to the title. The sculpture and Irish content were similarly contended for by the packed saleroom and busy telephones.

The cover lot Garden Path, Cookham Rise by Sir Stanley Spencer fetched an impressive £769,250 while the much admired Oil-bound Puffin by Lucian Freud commanded £385,250 on the day, with both returning to private collections.

We are delighted to now invite consignments for the forthcoming auction on 20 November 2013.

Please contact a member of the department or visit the sale webpage for further information.

lots

Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959) Landscape 61 x 50.8 cm. (24 x 20 in.) (unframed)

Ben Nicholson O.M. (British, 1894-1982) Aug 58 (Yorkshire) 48.3 x 29.2 cm. (19 x 11 1/2 in.) (the whole)

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (British, 1869-1958) The Approaching Storm 88.9 x 154.4 cm. (35 x 60 3/4 in.)

Sir Stanley Spencer R.A. (British, 1891-1959) The Nativity 28 x 38.2 cm. (11 x 15 in.)

Beryl Cook (British, 1926-2008) Jonah and the Whale the first 59.6 x 60.9 cm. (23 1/3 x 24 in.), the second 61.1 x 62.3 cm. (24 x 24 1/2 in.) (2)

John Minton (British, 1917-1957) The bullfighter 48.9 x 61.3 cm. (19 1/4 x 24 1/4 in.)

Walter Richard Sickert ARA (British, 1860-1942) Posters 23.5 x 15.2 cm. (9 1/4 x 6 in.)

Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Boy shouting 29.5 x 20.2 cm. (11 5/8 x 8 in.)

Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) People and animals 29 x 29 cm. (11 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)

Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) The Organ Grinder 37.2 x 27 cm. (14 5/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

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Auction information

The 29 May sale was the departments most successful auction to date making almost £5m.

Furthermore, it was 90% sold by value with some staggering results achieved for fresh, competitively priced material sourced from private collections. Over half of sold lots soared above their high estimates, indicating that Bonhams is best positioned to secure the best price for your Modern British & Irish Art.

The variety on offer within this genre continues to delight buyers, proven by exceptional results for post-war masters such as Auerbach, Scully, Hockney and Freud whilst the early-mid century examples by Spencer, Lavery, Burra and Moore also exceeded expectation. We were proud to break our own world auction record twice over in the same sale for a pencil drawing by L.S. Lowry. Agecroft Regatta sold for £211,250, pipping The Organ Grinder (£151,250) to the title. The sculpture and Irish content were similarly contended for by the packed saleroom and busy telephones.

The cover lot Garden Path, Cookham Rise by Sir Stanley Spencer fetched an impressive £769,250 while the much admired Oil-bound Puffin by Lucian Freud commanded £385,250 on the day, with both returning to private collections.

We are delighted to now invite consignments for the forthcoming auction on 20 November 2013.

Please contact a member of the department or visit the sale webpage for further information.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

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Objects displayed with a w will be located in the Bonhams Warehouse and will only be available for collection from this location.

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VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on Hammer Price and the prevailing rate on Buyer's Premium.

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