A sculpture by avant-garde British artist Henry Moore has been sold at auction for £400,000 after an auction war.
He presided over the sculpture, titled Mother And Child, which was considered “extremely rare” because it was the material the sculptor used only briefly in the 1930s during an experimental period in his life. his career, the auction house said.
The work was expected to sell for between £30,000 and £50,000 but a private collector in the UK instead bought it by phone for eight times the top estimate in the sale. Modern and Contemporary by Dreweatts Wednesday.
Francesca Witham, a specialist at Dreweatts, said: “We are delighted with the amazing results achieved for Henry Moore’s Mother and Child sculpture.
“It shows that rare and unique pieces will always inspire competitive bidding and that the appetite for such works remains strong.
“The sculpture has been hotly contested, bid on both online and on the phone, and neglected for over 40 years, this very special lead sculpture now makes its way to a home. new with a UK private collector.”
Dreweatts said the work was crafted in 1939-40, and was a gift to the original owner, Hubert de Cronin Hastings, who at the time was editor of The Architectural Review.
The auction house said it was passed down in the 1970s to his son, John Hastings, who kept it on his fireplace amid a diverse mix of objects until his death in 2004. 2019.
Moore was born in Castleford, a mining town in West Yorkshire, where in 1898, after training to become a teacher and serving in the British Army, he attended the Leeds School of Art and the University College. Royal Art in London.
He is considered a pioneer in his craft and was the first globally recognized British artist in his lifetime.
Moore’s sculptures are now regarded as symbols of postwar modernism, and the Henry Moore Foundation credits his work for creating a British sculpture renaissance.
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