THIS alabaster sculpture by Barbara Hepworth (1903-75), entitled Two Rotating Forms II and dated to 1966, began the new year in style for Sworders.
Offered on January 10, it sold for
Measuring 11in (27cm) high from the wooden
base, it came for sale in Stansted Mountfitchet via a deceased
Attracting much interest in the run-up to
the sale at its £60,000-80,000 estimate, 11 telephones lines were
booked for lot 303 of the Decorative Art and Design Sale January 10
- the 109th anniversary of the artist's birth. Bidding came down to
two telephone bidders, a London dealer the purchaser.
Following the January 1 extension of the
Artist's Resale Right to the estates of artists who have been dead
for less than 70 years, the buyer will pay an additional £6227.02,
which after collection fees of £934.05 will leave £5292.97 to go to
the Hepworth estate, the first in what promises to be a bonanza of
The buyer's premium was 20 per cent.