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.

Sheila Fell R.A. (British, 1931-1979) Horse and cart on a farm lane 70.9 x 91.5 cm. (27 7/8 x 36 in.)

Sir Kyffin Williams R.A. (British, 1918-2006) Coleg Llansadwrn 50.7 x 68.5 cm. (20 x 27 in.)

Sir Kyffin Williams R.A. (British, 1918-2006) Gallt Y Wenallt 61 x 76.2 cm. (24 x 30 in.)

Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Almshouses at Northleach 26.5 x 18.5 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Arlington Row, Bibury 18.5 x 26 cm. (7 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Church Brow at Clitheroe 26.7 x 17 cm. (10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.)

Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Going on a picnic 37.2 x 55.2 cm. (14 5/8 x 21 3/4 in.)

Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Going for a Walk Before Bedtime 40.6 x 50.8 cm. (16 x 20 in.)

Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Washing-Day 41.1 x 50.8 cm. (16 1/4 x 20 in.)

Sir Kyffin Williams R.A. (British, 1918-2006) Yr Aran 95.3 x 125.5 cm. (37 1/2 x 49 3/8 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.

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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, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000.

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

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VAT at the prevailing rate on Hammer Price and Buyer's Premium.

* Import low rate

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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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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