The stand-alone evening sale of 15 paintings by L.S. Lowry at Sotheby’s on March 26 raised £13m, with all bar two works getting away.
The works came from the collection of A.J. 'Tony' Thompson, the
owner of a family-run recycling business in Newmarket who was a big
buyer in this market up until shortly before his death last
After buying his first Lowry in the early 1980s, he put together
one of the most notable collections of the artist's work assembled
in recent history. His prominent purchases included Piccadilly
Circus, London, which he acquired at Christie's in November
2011 for £5m - a price which still jointly holds the artist's
auction record along with The Football
Match from 1949, also sold at Christie's, in May 2011.
Reappearing here with a £4m-6m estimate, the 2ft 6in x 3ft 4in
(76cm x 1.02m) oil on canvas from 1960 sparked a two-way
competition on the phone and sold at £4.5m to an unnamed
The Sotheby's sale also included Lowry's only other painting of
the location - a smaller version of Piccadilly Circus from 1959
which had been knocked down to Thompson at £500,000 at Phillips in
June 1998. Here it was unsold against a
However, the collector's first Lowry purchase, Street
Musicians from 1938, which he had bought at Sotheby's in March
1982, attracted healthy competition here against a £600,000-800,000
pitch and sold to a US private buyer on the phone at £700,000.
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