Fine art auction

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS
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April 2013

Over 200 buyers registered to bid online and compete with others on the telephones and in the room during Golding Young and Mawer’s evening Fine Art auction.
The first lot in the sale, a signed oil on canvas by Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) entitled ‘Cottage by the Road, Duton Hill’ sold for £13,500 including commission to a London gallery. The painting, which was dated 1915, had been purchased by the vendor from The James Collection at Browse and Darby Ltd in 1978.

Eight paintings by the Grimsby artist, Vincent Haddelsey (1934-2010) sold to a local buyer in the room for £1,565 in total. Among the artwork, the 1969 oil on canvas ‘Home by Moonlight’ sold for £720 against an estimate of between £400 and £600.

The studio contents of Wilhelmina Burdett-Somers from Louth, Lincolnshire, sold for £680. The collection included a signed oil on copper of a Labrador titled ‘True Friend’ which made £95.

A collection of lithographs, books and other ephemera signed by French artists including Chagall, Miró and Braque made almost £14,000 at the Lincoln auction rooms.

The collection, which was amassed by Jaures Vasini, a magazinier at the Galerie Maeght in Paris from the late 1960s until 1984, attracted worldwide interest when it went under the hammer on Wednesday, 27th February.

Auctioneer, William Gregory said: “The level of interest in this collection was unprecedented, with buyers competing over the Internet and the telephones for the majority of pieces.

“What made the collection unique was its excellent provenance, as it was being sold by the daughter of the man who hung exhibitions by the artists in Paris.

The thirteen lots made a total of £13,500 with two lots by Joan Miró (1893-1983) launching the collection and selling to bidders online.

The auction saw a sales total of over £75,000 with ninety per cent of the pictures sold.

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