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On July 6th, the Bellmans Sussex auction of 20th century prints, pictures and textiles finished with a final sale total of over £40,000 (inc. premium and VAT). The ‘pop up’ small 150 lot sale was created at short notice following large consignments from a corporate art collection and a Surrey educational establishment. With a small gap in the sales calendar in July, the decision was taken to hold an extra auction - a decision warmly received both by people who came to view and bidders from Australia, America, Canada and the UK.
Highlights included a 1973 pencil and wash sketch still life sketch by Mary Fedden, possibly a trial work for the Curwen Press, which sold for £1,200 (inc. premium and VAT). Despite creasing, Patrick Heron’s “4 Blues, 2 Discs” sold for £1,100. A set of screenprints by the Canadian artist Jack Bush saw particularly strong interest from American and Canadian buyers - “Pink Moon” sold for £1,240.
Silas Currie who catalogued the auction said, “Having never carried out an online auction myself before, I was delighted with the results, and with the very positive feedback from the private and trade buyers who came to view and with whom I talked on the phone. The print market is clearly very buoyant with collectors fighting for the blue chip names and also because these were largely stylish, easy to hang decorative images - I’m looking forward to the next one!”
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