Buyers Flock to Nicky Haslam Sale

The collection of one of the world's most celebrated interior designers, Nicky Haslam, achieved a total of £383,087 at Bonhams New Bond Street today (Wednesday 20 November). The collection came from his home, The Hunting Lodge, in Hampshire. The top lot, Portrait of Coco Chanel by Cecil Beaton (British, 1904-1980), made an impressive £50,063 after an intense bidding war. It had an estimate of £4,000-6,000.

Other highlights in the sale included:

• Self-portrait of Cecil Beaton achieved £11,938 (British, 1904-1980). Estimate: £2,000-3,000.

• The Ecstasy of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, 18th Century Italian School sold for £8,813. Estimate: £2,000-3,000

• Costume designs for Stephen Tennant as Percy Bysshe Shelley by Rex Whistler sold for £8,813. Estimate: £2,000-3,000.

• Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Camilla Romca Morichi with her dog, Venetian School, 18th Century sold for £8,813. Estimate: £1,500-2,000.

Bonhams Director of House Sales and Private Collections, Charlie Thomas, said, "This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap up some of Nicky Haslam's most-loved possessions. It is no surprise that interest was so high and we are thrilled that so many pieces found keen new owners."

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