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Eight Vettrianos Boost $10.5M Scottish Sale

Sotheby’s sale of Scottish and sporting paintings at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, on Aug. 29, realized a total of £5.24 million ($10.5 million), the second-highest total to date. Of 248 lots offered, 156, or 65 percent, were sold.

NEW YORK—Sotheby’s sale of Scottish and sporting paintings at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, on Aug. 29, realized a total of £5.24 million ($10.5 million), the second-highest total to date. Of 248 lots offered, 156, or 65 percent, were sold.

Dominating the high end of the sale were works by Jack Vettriano and the Scottish colourists, a group of four Scottish artists who frequently traveled to France in the early 20th-century and were heavily influenced by the French Post-Impressionists.

The top price of the sale was £486,000 ($936,468), given for Vettriano’s Bluebird at Bonneville (estimate: £400,000/600,000), from his “Bluebird” series, commissioned by Sir Terence Conran for London’s Bluebird Club in 1997. The price marked the second-highest for the artist at auction.

In all, eight works by Vettriano found buyers, taking a total of just over £1 million ($2 million). These included Dance Me to the End of Love, which won £192,000 ($384,000), against an estimate of £100,000/150,000.

The second-highest price of the sale was the £276,000 ($552,276) paid for Samuel John Peploe’s Tulips (estimate: £200,000/300,000). Another colourist work, Still Life with a Lacquer Screen, circa early 1930s, by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, brought £216,000, or $432,216 (estimate: £150,000/200,000), from a London dealer. Two other oils by Cadell also appeared among the top lots—Interior: The Open Window, 1933, and Still Life with a Tulip and a Black Fan. Each carried an estimate of £80,000/120,000 and fetched £96,000 ($192,000).

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