Defining British Art: Christie’s Anniversary Sale Marks 250 Years

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Jul 5 2016 / 17:38 PM

The auction house’s momentous sale set world auction records at over Dhs480 million

Defining British Art: Christie’s Anniversary Sale Marks 250 Years
Frederic, Lord Leighton, P.R.A. (1830-1896). 'Golden Hours.' Oil on canvas, 311⁄2 x 49 in. (80 x 124.5 cm.) Painted circa 1864. Price realised: Dhs15,822,815
Defining British Art: Christie’s Anniversary Sale Marks 250 Years
John Constable R.A.(1776-1837). 'View on the Stour near Dedham.' Full-scale sketch, oil on canvas. 51 x 73 in (129.4 x 185.3 cm). Price realised: Dhs67,893,448
Defining British Art: Christie’s Anniversary Sale Marks 250 Years
Henry Moore, O.M., C.H.(1898-1986). 'Reclining Figure: Festival.' Bronze with a brown patina 90 in. (230 cm.) long. Conceived in 1951 and cast in an edition of five plus one artist’s proof. Price realised: Dhs119,537,042
Defining British Art: Christie’s Anniversary Sale Marks 250 Years
Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792). 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge,' (d. 1820). Three-quarter-length, in a white dress with a sheer brown scarf, a ribbon and pearls in her hair,with a spaniel, in a landscape. Oil on canvas, 501⁄8 x 401⁄4 in. (127.3 x 102.1 cm.) in a contemporary 18th-Century carved and gilded frame. Price realised: Dhs18,225,201
Defining British Art: Christie’s Anniversary Sale Marks 250 Years
Francis Bacon, (1909-1992).'Version No. 2 of Lying Figure with Hypodermic Syringe' signed ‘Francis Bacon,’ (on the stretcher); titled and dated ‘Version No. 2 of Lying Figure with Hypodermic Syringe 1968’ (on the reverse). Oil on canvas. 78 x 58in. (198 x 147.5cm.) Painted in 1968. Price realised: Dhs97,666,639
Defining British Art: Christie’s Anniversary Sale Marks 250 Years
Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) 'Sea Form (Atlantic)' signed, dated and numbered ‘Barbara Hepworth 1964 6/6’ (on the top of the base) and inscribed with foundry mark ‘Morris/Singer/FOUNDERS/LONDON’ (on the back of the base) bronze with a brown/green patina 80 in. (204 cm.) high. Conceived in 1964 and cast between 1964 and 1966 in an edition of 6 plus 0 (the artist’s proof). This work is recorded as BH 362, cast 6/6. Price realised: Dhs17,194,877

Christie’s latest auction: Defining British Art: Evening Sale attracted global attention featuring works sold from a range of British art across four centuries. The auction’s registered bidders hailed from thirty-two nations spanned across four continents.

World auction records were set at the Defining British Art: Evening Sale, which celebrated the 250th anniversary of Christie’s. The auction was led by Henry Moore's 1951 modernist sculpture, Reclining Figure: Festival, sold at Dhs119,537,042. Additional sculptures sold included Lynn Chadwick, R.A. Return to Venice for Dhs7,984,515 setting a new world auction record, and Sea Form (Atlantic) a 1964 bronze sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth sold at Dhs17,194,877. View on the Stour near Dedham by the pioneer of British Modernism, John Constable R.A., achieved Dhs67,893,448 which marked the second highest price sold at auction from the artist. Bridget Riley’s painting: Untitled (Diagonal Curve) from 1966, sold at Dhs20,915,808. Auctioned for the first time in 100 years, Golden Hours, a key work of British Aestheticism, painted circa 1864, by Frederic, Lord Leighton reached a new world auction record at Dhs15,822,815. The iconic British figurative painter Francis Bacon’s Version No. 2 of Lying Figure with Hypodermic Syringe, from 1968 sold at Dhs97,666,639. Marking its debut at auction was Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs. George Hardinge, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. which achieved Dhs18,225,201. Sir Alfred James Munning's H.M. the Queen and Aureole in the Paddock at Epsom before the Coronation Cup, sold for five times its estimated price at Dhs10,121,699. A Girl (Pauline Tennant), by the pioneering painter, Lucian Freud from circa 1945 achieved Dhs 11,205,924 marking the second highest price for a work on paper sold by the artist.

Christie’s historic auction set global auction record sales at Dhs480.2 million demonstrating the continued success of the auction house’s leadership in the sale of distinguished art works across the international art world.

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