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Lot 184

Will Martyr, British b.1980-   Something Worth Saving, 2017;   oil on...

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Lot 184

Will Martyr,
British b.1980-
Something Worth Saving, 2017;
oil on...

Price Realised: £19,500

Estimate: £30,000 - £40,000

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

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Lot 184


Will Martyr,
British b.1980-


Something Worth Saving, 2017;


oil on canvas, signed, titled and dated 2017 on the reverse, 179x179cm (unframed)(ARR)


Provenance: Unit London; Private Collection, London


Exhibition; 'Wanderlust', Unit London, 2017

Literature: Fad Magazine, 23 July 2017 (illustrated); Wide Walls Online, 23 June 2017 (illustrated)


Note: Will Martyr is a contemporary British artist who studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, New York Studio School, and the Royal College of Art in London.


The present piece is an impressive example of Martyrs work, which is striking in its combination of its large scale and use of bold blocks of colour. Martyr contrasts this with incredibly precise brushstrokes and a close attention to detail, creating a smoothness to the painting which almost effaces the artists own hand, and recalls the computer-generated images which have increasingly become part of our visual landscape. In this way, the present piece expresses Martyrs debt to movements such as Pop Art.


Works by Martyr are held in collections across the world, including in Beijing, Lagos, Athens, Stockholm, and Sydney.



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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