Roseberys London’s latest Modern British & 20th Century Art auction (12th March) featured a brilliant range of rare artworks, with works from the early 20th century all the way up to the present day.

Please find below a selection of notable sales by William Summerfield, Roseberys’ Modern British & 20th Century Art specialist.

After nearly 7 hours of bidding and 600 lots, the sale demonstrated that our market continues to be strong across the board, with a very solid sell-through rate and many works achieving extremely high prices. I was delighted with the results for classic artists Modern British artists such as Duncan Grant, Adrian Heath and Henry Moore.


Lot 6: Duncan Grant, Parrot Tulips, c.1957

Price realised: £31,440


Grant continues to shine at auction, this more than doubling its pre-sale estimate with multiple bidders both online and on the phone. The work eventually sold to a private collection in the US.


Lot 146: Henry Moore OM CH, Reclining Figure, 1932

Price realised: £27,540


This result showed the continued appreciation of this most treasured of British artists. There were 3 bidders on the phone competing for the lot, before it sold over estimate to a private British buyer.



Lot 289: Franciska Clausen, Abstract composition, 1930

Price realised: £11,808


This was particularly exciting, the artist’s work rare to auction in the UK and gaining the interest of a large number of international bidders. The work surpassed its presale estimate of £2,000-3,000 making over 5-times the low estimate.



Lot 309: André Lanskoy, Promenade du Soir, 1960

Price realised: £18,368


Held in a private collection since the 1990s, this work showed the French master is always popular with the market, with 2 bidders battling to get the work, eventually selling for over its top estimate.



Lot 317: Adrian Heath, Composition No.2 Brown & Black, 1954

Price realised: £18,368


This early work by Heath was a brilliant example of Post-War British painting. Purchased by a private UK collector, this demonstrates how the market continues to seek out items of true quality. 



Lot 567: Daniel Pitín, Friday Night, 2011

Price realised: £24,928


A relatively new name to auction, this was the second highest price at auction for the mid-career artist. The success of the work, demonstrates continued international appeal in buying contemporary artists as auction.