Masters and greats: Bonhams Prints sale spans the Old Masters to modern greats
Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale on July 15th offered a fantastic opportunity for art lovers to purchase works by some of the western world's greatest artists at accessible prices. The Old Masters to Contemporary giants were represented in the sale at the company's headquarters in 101 New Bond Street.
The top lot was an etching of a whippet dog by the great 20th century artist Lucian Freud, titled Pluto Aged Twelve, which sold for £85,300. The work was produced in 2000 and was exhibited in London's National Portrait Gallery – 'Lucian Freud Portraits' in May 2012.
Sybil Andrews' dynamic 1934 linocut of horses racing achieved the second highest price as a bidder in the saleroom secured the lot for £43,750.
A series of 100 engraved works by Salvador Dali (1904-1989), titled Dante Alighieri: La Divine Comédie and signed and inscribed in color crayon, sold for £40,000. They were published by Les Heures Claires, Paris and date from 1960-64.
Old Master greats, Albrecht Dürer (German 1471-1528) and J.W.M. Turner (British, 1775-1851) achieved outstanding results: Dürer's 1514 engraving, St Jerome in his study sold for £32,500 against £6,000-£8,000 estimates while a fantastic collection of 71 etchings with mezzotint by J.W.M Turner, published between 1807 and 1819 and designed to educate future artists, realized £27,500.
Other notable lots included a screenprint by Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) titled Apple, from Ads which sold for £ 22,500 and an aquatint by David Hockney (British, born 1937) named Kaisarion and All His Beauty (executed 1961) which near doubled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £13,125.
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com