19/03/2022 Prints & Multiples , News Stories & Press Release
Roseberys were pleased to present the Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction which ran over two days on the 8th and 9th of March. Day one of the sale included 468 prints and multiples, ranging in styles and prices to suit all collector’s tastes. Works by the iconic UK based street artist, political activist and film director Banksy, highlighted the sale, with 10 works on offer to the market collectively making £160,613 and accounting for 34% of the sale’s total value. Many of the top value lots were sold to buyers based in the USA, which reflects the growing market in that part of the world. On the second day of the sale, prints were offered from the Estate of master printer Alan Cox.
Ed Plakett, Head of the Prints Department commented: ‘The modern print market is buoyant and we look forward to our next auction on the 5th July which closes for consignments at the end of May. As well as the highlights listed below, the Picasso and Miro lots did well, they continue to have popular appeal as famous names and with great colour and design. Lowry prints continue to be good sellers, as do photographs and Modern British, especially David Hockney.’
Leading the sale was lot 407, property of an Urban Art Collector, Banksy’s ‘Rude Copper’, 2002; screenprint in colours on wove, numbered from the edition of 250 in pencil, published by Pictures On Walls, London. The inspiration for ‘Rude Copper’ was the 2000 Terrorism Act, which gave police officers the power to stop and search without suspicion. Banksy is well-known for his criticism of the police in many of his works. Estimated to fetch £20,000-£30,000, this work made £32,500, going to a phone bidder based in the USA. Ed commented ‘Rude Copper made a good price and was the joint top lot of the sale. Banksy’s prints continue to have allure, and this print is especially popular and sought after on the market. ’
(Lot 406) Another important lot in the sale by Banksy was ‘Turf War’ 2003; screenprint in colours on wove published by Pictures on Walls, London. The screenprint, sold at Roseberys, was debuted originally in 2003 at Banksy’s Turf War solo exhibition in a warehouse on East London’s Kingsland Road. Estimated to make £22,000-£28,000, this print realised £30,000, selling to a phone bidder who was also based in the USA.
Julian Opie, British b.1958- Black White Green Yellow, from Standing People, 2019; lenticular acrylic panel in colours on white acrylic, published by Cristea Roberts Gallery was another highlight lot on offer by a British artist. This particular edition of lenticular work is rarely seen in the UK market as it is mostly sold in the U.S. Entered into the sale with a pre-sale guided price of £10,000-£15,000, the large lenticular made £17,500, going to a UK based online bidder via RoseberysLive, continuing Opie’s strong commercial record.
(Lot 352) One of the most famous artists to emerge from post-war Germany, Gerhard Richter is known for his prolific, varied, and widely influential painting practice. Richter’s popular Cage 5 from 2020, diasec-mounted giclée print on aluminium composite panel, showing off his unique abstract style, published by Heni Productions, in original packaging, reached its mid-estimated price, making £17,500, going to a RoseberysLive bidder based in America.
A highlight piece of photography on offer was lot 210, Andy Warhol’s unique black and white image of ‘The Jacksons and Don King’, 1983. The unique gelatin silver print, which originated from the Estate of Andy Warhol and thence the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual arts made its top estimate of £10,000, going to an online bidder in the USA.
Highlighting the day two sale of the Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction, which included works from the Estate of master printer Alan Cox, was lot 200, Dame Paula Rego, British b.1935- Doctor Dog, Doctor Cat and Lessons, 1982. The 20 copies of lithographs in colours on wove, that were estimated to make £3,000 - £5,000, exceeded the top estimate making £7,500 at auction.
Lot 50 on offer by Nigerian/British artist Uzo Egonu, 1931-1996, titled ‘Feast Day at the King's Palace’, 1970; 3 screenprints in colours on J. Barcham Green Crisbrook wove, which came with an estimated price of £1,000 - £1,500, realised £3,500. The impressive value reflects the continuing trend of prices rising for African artists.
We are now welcoming consignments for our forthcoming Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction that will take place on Tuesday 5 July.
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