Top prices paid for paintings at Edinburgh sporting sale

The Sporting Sale
19 Oct 2016

Bonhams Sporting Sale in Edinburgh on 19 October saw top prices paid for paintings by some of the UK's best-known sporting artists.

The leading work was Two Clumber Spaniels with game in a landscape by one of the doyen of English dog painters, John Emms. Estimated at £10,000-15,000, the painting was eventually sold for £35,000.

Pictures by the very collectable Herring family were also in strong demand. Feeding time, a charming farmyard scene by John Herring Senior, sold for £17,500 (estimate £15,000-20,000) and Mr G Salvin's bay mare 'Alice Hawthorn' held by her lad by the same artist made £13,750 (estimate £8,000-12,000). Mr H King with his bay mare 'Rosalie' held by her trainer at Royston by John Frederick Herring Junior also sold well going for £17,500 (estimate £15,000-20,000).

Two works by the internationally famous wildlife artist David Shepherd exceeded their estimates. Tiger sold for £12,500 having been estimated at £4,000-6,000), and In the Heat of the Day depicting a lion and lioness shielding from the sun made £11,250 against its pre-sale estimate of £3,000-5,000.
In total the sale made more than £230,000.


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