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The first evening Fine Art sale at auctioneers Golding Young & Thos. Mawer has been hailed a success.

Over 200 paintings went under the hammer when the Lincoln auction rooms held the first of a bi-annual event at its Portland Street premises in April.

Auctioneer William Gregory said: “It was encouraging to see so many people packing the auction rooms on the evening of the sale and with over fifty-five people bidding online and others waiting on the telephones from Spain and America, it promised to be an interesting event.

“Bidding was brisk for the most sought after paintings and the Internet bidders certainly made their mark with fifteen per cent of paintings bought by online buyers.”

The highest price achieved was for an oil on canvas by Wright Barker (1864-1941) depicting a gentleman with a horse in a landscape which made its top estimate of £2,300 (including premium) and sold to a Nottinghamshire collector.

A painting of Llandudno’s Great Orme by the artist Warren Williams (1863-1918) made £720 in the sale. Williams was a painter of landscapes and marine scenes who studied at the Liverpool School of Art under John Finnie. He exhibited at leading galleries and lived at Conwy, Wales, towards the end of his life.

A portrait of a young beauty in a flowing dress by Frank Markham Skipworth (1854-1929) sold for its top estimate of £1,400, whilst an oil on canvas of a young country maiden sleeping by William Edward Millner (1849-1895) made well over its estimate of £700 to £900 to fetch £1,300.

An eighteenth century oil on canvas of a prize bull in a landscape made £1,550 and an oil on board of a child seated with toys, signed and dated 1877, by the nineteenth century artist Robert W. Wright sold for two-and-a-half times its highest estimate at £1,000.

Among the paintings by Lincolnshire artists, a watercolour of Boston Stump from the River Witham, signed and dated 1898, by the artist William Bartol Thomas (1877-1947) sold for £700, and a ‘Late sunshine with coffee’ by the Lincoln artist Gill Nadin (1928-1996), signed and dated 1968, fetched £275.

Two paintings are being shipped overseas after a buyer on the telephone from America was successful. The oil on canvas ‘Dangerous’, the winner of the Derby 1833, by the nineteenth century artist G.K. Harcourt sold for £350 and a nineteenth century oil on canvas depicting a horse and spaniel outside a stable by ‘E.G.’, dated 1850, made £700.

Three paintings by the Manchester artist Reg Gardner (b.1948) made over three times the highest estimate, selling for £1,300 in total. The paintings depicted a derelict Northern street scene dated 1972, a canal scene in Manchester also dated 1972 and a Manchester street scene.

Entries are now being accepted for the next Fine Art sale which will be held in the Autumn.

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