British art to go under the hammer

A special sale of unique British art will take place next month in the capital.

Christie's Modern British Art Evening Sale on December 12th will feature a whole host of top artists that have played a key role in the country's UK art scene.

In total 65 lots will go under the hammer and will feature work from artists such as Ben Nicholson, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Sean Scully and David Hockney.

There will also be the chance to bid for works by the Scottish Colourists, London School and Pop artists.

Many of the items on sale have come from the famous Langan's Brasserie and Odin's – originally owned by actor Michael Caine.

It is expected that the pieces will fetch from £3,000 to £1.8 million each so art fans staying in central London hotels will need to be prepared to bid if they want to take home one of the unique pieces.

The main attraction of the auction is set to be two pictures by Lowry. At the Mill Gate could fetch close to £1.8 million, while The White Shop may break the £1 million barrier.

Andre Zlattinger, director and head of Modern British Art, Christie's London, said: "Christie's is proud to present these significant works by L.S. Lowry to the market this season, continuing the tradition of being auction house of choice for offering the very best Lowrys.

"This celebrated British artist will soon be the subject of a major retrospective at the Tate in summer 2013, the first public exhibition since his death in 1976. This demonstrates the diversity of this dynamic category, particularly highlighted by the important array of works by leading British Pop artists."

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