Lowry’s prints shine at auction
By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
The Lincoln Fine Art auction held in August saw over 450 lots offered for sale. Included were eleven Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) artist signed limited edition coloured prints.
The strength of demand for the North West artist continues to grow, illustrated by all eleven lots selling above auction estimate.
Of all the titles, Going to the Match attracted the most attention and bids. The original was painted in 1953 and showed the crowds outside Bolton Wanderers football ground.
The picture came to prominence in 1999 when the Professional Footballers’ Association paid £1.9m for it.
From that date the limited edition print started to sell for three and four times the price of other titles.
Although, this gap appears to have widened at the Lincoln Fine Art sale, when the print sold for £26,000 with the other ten prints selling for between £1,000 and £3,500, bringing the total for the eleven prints to £46,000.
Coincidentally, the Professional Footballers’ Association have just announced that they are selling the original painting. The picture will be offered for sale by auction on 19th October with an estimate of £5m-8m.