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Lot 19

Michael Ayrton, British 1921-1975- Maze Maker III, 1964/65; bronze, edition...

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Lot 19

Michael Ayrton,
British 1921-1975-
Maze Maker III, 1964/65;
bronze, edition...

Price Realised: £4,680

Estimate: £3,500 - £4,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 19


Michael Ayrton,

British 1921-1975-

Maze Maker III, 1964/65;

bronze, edition 7/9, 26cm high (including base), (ARR)

Provenance: Bonhams, London, Modern British and Irish Art, 22nd November 2016, Lot 199.

Note: Michael Ayrton was British artist who produced work in a wide range of media, including sculptures, prints and paintings, over the course of his career. His style has been influenced by artists including Graham Sutherland, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Henry Moore. Indeed, it was after Moores advice that Ayrton began to seriously engage in sculpture.

Ayrton was particularly preoccupied with the Classical Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, which he connected with his struggles and ambitions as an artist. This artwork, entitled Maze Maker III, is a further example of Ayrtons interest in the story of Daedalus, which in this instance is focused on his construction of the labyrinth to contain the Minotaur. The figures of Daedalus and the Minotaur, alongside other mythological characters, repeatedly recur in bronzes made by Ayrton, making this theme a key feature of Ayrtons most famous work.

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over £1,000 as follows:
0 to £50,000 - 4%
£50,000.01 to £200,000 - 3%
£200,000.01 to £350,000 - 1%
£350,000.01 to £500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding £500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at £12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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