NEW YORK—Sotheby’s realized £4 million ($7 million) for its sale of Victorian and Edwardian art in London on Dec. 13. Of 90 lots offered, 61, or 68 percent, found buyers. By value the auction was 67 percent sold.
The top lot was Summer Songs, by John Melhuish Strudwick (1849-1935), which sold for £848,000, or $1.5 million (estimate: £500,000/700,000). Wending Home, an oil by Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), fell for £215,200 ($378,580).
Grant Ford, the specialist in charge of the sale, said the total was the highest for a Victorian pictures sale at Sotheby’s since 1994, “indicating that the market is increasingly hungry for the right sort of Victorian pictures. The sale was well-attended. American buyers were out in force, and we were particularly pleased to see a significant number of new buyers making their presence felt.”
Also among the top lots were five works by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893), the highest of them Golden Eve, which took £198,400, or $349,025 (estimate: £100,000/150,000). The Cause of Trouble, by Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958), fetched £108,000, or $189,994 (estimate: £40,000/60,000).