Fernando Botero’s monumental bronze sculptures Adam and Eve was pursued by eight bidders and sold at £2.05m.

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A highlight of the 414-lot auction was a Fernando Botero work that was hammered down at £1.7m, setting an auction record for the artist.

The auction took place on site at the Juffali home, a 42-acre estate on the edge of Windsor Great Park at Bishopsgate House near Egham, Surrey, on March 26. The objects sold were from Juffali’s three properties in England.

Charlie Thomas, Bonhams’ head of house sales, said: “Fernando Botero is undoubtedly one of the great figures of Latin American art. The prices achieved were impressive across the board; the wide range of works of art and furniture attracted bidders from across the globe.” 

With premium included, the Botero monumental bronze sculptures Adam and Eve sold at £1.7m (£2.05m with premium) after eight bidders battled it out on the phones. The price is well above the £600,000-800,000 estimate.

His other sculptures Reclining Nude (2003) sold for a hammer price of £900,000 and Reclining Nude (1993) made £650,000.

Works by Dale Chihuly also performed well and his huge glass chandelier with a 5m drop sold for a hammer price of £60,000. 


Dale Chihuly blue and turquoise blown glass chandelier (2004) sold for a hammer price of £60,000 at Bonhams.

Conrad Kiesel’s The Mandolin Player was hammered down at £85,000 against a £40,000-60,000 estimate.

The auction ran for 10-and-a-half-hours, taking a premium-inclusive total of £7.14m. The total rises to more than £9.5m if it includes the works previously sold at Bonhams’ March Impressionist and Modern Art and Post-War and Contemporary sale.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.