As they did last year, Christie’s set the pace for the Modern British art market in 2021 this week and it proved to be as healthy as it has ever been.
Included in the short family collection sale (that of London dealer Thomas Gibson) was a rare Henry Moore war time shelter drawing that sold above estimate for $3.15 million– just short of the record in dollars, but in pounds sterling, a new high for a Moore drawing at £2.7 million ($3.7 million) beating the previous £2.2 million ($3 million) set in London in 2015 for a similar subject.
Another Modern British work on paper record tumbled when a sensuous, old masterly Head of a Girl (Edie McNeil) by the bohemian society artist, Augustus John, sold for a double estimate $487,500 to a U.S. bidder. Gibson bought the work for a double estimate record £92,000 ($149,000) in 1997.
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