Sitting Couple in Robes II, 1980, by Lynn Chadwick, $40,000 (£33,100) at Abington Auction Gallery.

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He called them ‘Presences’ or ‘Watchers’. Some were made as monumental public sculpture (his first steel sculpture, Two Winged Figures, appeared at an outdoor show in 1962) but others were cast in bronze reductions in small editions.

This 11 x 16in (27 x 40cm) bronze with a black-brown patina titled Sitting Couple in Robes II 1980 is signed with monogram, numbered and dated Chadwick 790 2/9 1980.

It came for sale from a New York collection at Abington Auction Gallery (21% buyer’s premium) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on October 11 where it sold just below estimate at $40,000 (£33,100).

The artist’s daughter, Sarah Chadwick, has authenticated the bronze and helped in the cataloguing.