Spink to sell fantastic collections of Celtic coins and British historical medals – London – 05.07.2017 – 7581

A Royal Geographical Society, Patron’s Medal awarded to 32 Edward Ayearst Reeves. Estimate: £8,000-12,000.

This summer will see a very interesting sale of British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals at Spink London. The sale is packed with quality material and many historically important items. The sale will take place on the 5th July and contains a substantial collection of Celtic coins, the remaining coins from the Lord Stewartby Collection, which Spink have had the pleasure of selling throughout 2016-17, and a collection of Historical Medals.
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Sotheby’s to offer the only version of one of the most iconic works by Rossetti to remain in private hands – London – 13.07.2017 – 7580

Lady Lilith celebrates the beauty of the artist’s first mistress, Fanny Cornforth. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

In July this year, Sotheby’s will offer the only version of one of the most iconic works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to remain in private hands. A celebration of the beauty of the artist’s first mistress, Fanny Cornforth, and a pictorial hymn to her glorious corn-gold hair, Lady Lilith comes to auction for the first time in thirty years. The work was painted during Rossetti’s most innovative period in the 1860s, when he created the cult of the Pre-Raphaelite beauty, or ‘Stunner’ as he called them, whose physical qualities were embodied by Fanny Cornforth. Two other paintings of Lady Lilith were produced by Rossetti during this decade and they now hang in museums in the US. The rediscovered picture will be offered at Sotheby’s London sale of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art on 13 July with an estimate of £400,000-600,000.
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Sculpture by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore lead Christie’s Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale – London- 17.06.2017-30.06.2017 – 7579

Dame Barbara Hepworth, Curved Form (Bryher II), 1961. Estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

The Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale on 26 June will launch 20th Century at Christie’s, a season of sales that take place in London from 17 to 30 June 2017. Fifty-five works in the evening auction represent British and Irish art across the 20th Century. The auction will be led by Henry Moore’s Family Group (1946, estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000) and Barbara Hepworth’s Curved Form (Bryher II) (1961, estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000), which is being offered from the Tuttleman Collection. Further sculptures from the collection include London (1966, estimate: £500,000-700,000) by Sir Anthony Caro, and Henry Moore’s Seated Woman (1975, estimate: £600,000-900,000). A group of seven Lowry paintings from five decades of the artist’s output include a self-portrait of the artist titled Boy in a Yellow Jacket (1935, estimate: £400,000-600,000) and a cityscape depicting the first industrial suburb in Manchester, Footbridge in Ancoats (1952, estimate: £150,000-250,000). Two paintings by Ben Nicholson demonstrate the development of his style throughout his career from the Cubist approach of 1932 (guitar) (estimate: £500,000-800,000) to the figurative 1945 (still life) (estimate: £450,000-650,000). Two paintings of the Gloucestershire landscape by Stanley Spencer demonstrate the impact that the idyllic countryside around Leonard Stanley had on the artist at a moment that was defined by the affair he had with Daphne Charlton. Christopher Wood’s Reclining Nude with Flowers (1926, estimate: £300,000-500,000) is offered alongside Beach Scene with Bathers, Piers and Ships (1925, estimate: £300,000-500,000), the largest and most complex painting Wood created. The Scottish Colourists are represented by Samuel John Peploe and George Leslie Hunter with a further selection of the full group in the Modern British & Irish Art Day Sale on 27 June 2017. Post-War artists such as Victor Pasmore, Bridget Riley, Sean Scully, Antony Gormley and Tony Cragg form a strong group of those working in the last half of the century and beyond. The works will be exhibited in London from 9 to 26 June 2017
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Christie’s to offer the collection of Raine, Countess Spencer – London – 06-13.07.2017 – 7578

Claude Joseph Vernet, A Mediterranean sea-port with fishermen unloading cargo. Estimate: £300,000-500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

In July 2017 Christie’s will offer for auction the collection of Raine, Countess Spencer (1929-2016). Lady Spencer, the only daughter of celebrated romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland, enjoyed a position at the centre of London society for over 60 years, having been named Deb of the Year in 1947. She had an appreciation of the fine and decorative arts; 18th century France was of special interest, and she assembled a collection of paintings by some of the greatest artists of that period, including Boucher, Fragonard and Vernet. Lady Spencer also collected fine furniture on which she displayed ormolu clocks, objets d’art and Chinese works of art – including intricately carved jades; the Art Deco was also a period of particular inspiration. Highlights from Lady Spencer’s important collection of French 18th century Old Master paintings will be offered for sale at Christie’s King Street on 6 July as part of the Old Masters Evening Sale, followed by a dedicated collection sale on 13 July: The Collection of Raine, Countess Spencer. The sale will offer a glimpse of the interiors of Lady Spencer’s London house and will feature furniture, Old Master paintings, objets d’art and jades as well as a selection of couture, jewellery and accessories from her personal wardrobe.
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Newly rediscovered sketch by Renaissance master offered at Bonhams Old Master sale – London – 05.07.2017 – 7577

A sketch of three female nudes by Parmigianino. Estimated at £15,000-20,000. Photo: Bonhams.

An exquisite study of three female nudes by the 16th century Italian Renaissance master, Parmigianino, newly discovered among an album of drawings assembled in the 19th century, is to be offered at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale on Wednesday 5 July. It is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

The sketches relate to Parmigianino’s depiction of the Wise and Foolish Virgins on the vault of the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata in his home town of Parma. The artist sought to create an illusion that the figures were lit naturally by daylight entering the church. The Three Foolish Virgins appear as if lit from the left, and the Three Wise Virgins as from the right.
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One of the largest collections of Fantasia art featured in Heritage Animation auction – Dallas, TX – 01.07.2017 – 7576

Fantasia “Night on Bald Mountain” Concept Painting by Kay Nielsen (Walt Disney, 1940). Estimate: $50,000.

From animation drawings to production cels, concept art to storyboards, Heritage Auctions’ July 1 Animation Sale will offer one of the largest selections of artwork from the groundbreaking classic 1940 Walt Disney animated feature film Fantasia. No other piece highlights the rarity of this auction as well as Kay Nielsen’s epic “Night on Bald Mountain” Concept Painting (Walt Disney, 1940), which is expected to sell for $50,000.

“We’re highlighting this sale featuring ‘The Art of Fantasia,'” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation at Heritage Auctions. “This is one of the largest collections of production artwork – cels, animation drawings, concept art, storyboards – from this film ever in one auction. Over 60 pieces of original production art for this film are in this sale!”
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Painting by Picasso will be highlight of Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London – 27.06.2017 – 7575

Pablo Picasso, Femme écrivant (Marie-Thérèse), 1934. Estimate: £25,000,000-40,000,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

Pablo Picasso’s tender portrait Femme écrivant (Marie-Thérèse) (1934, estimate: £25,000,000-40,000,000) will be a leading highlight of Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, in London on 27 June 2017 as part of 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that take place from 17 to 30 June 2017. Painted on 26 March 1934, Pablo Picasso’s Femme écrivant (Marie-Thérèse) is a joyous, colour-filled and deeply personal portrayal of Marie-Thérèse Walter, the young, blond-haired woman who, when she entered the artist’s life in January 1927, influenced the course of his art in an unprecedented manner. Femme écrivant is one of the greatest portraits of Marie-Thérèse, a radiant and intimate depiction of Picasso’s lover, which, along with the preceding paintings of the early 1930s, epitomises one of the finest phases in the artist’s career. The painting will be on view in Hong Kong from 5 to 9 of June 2017 before being exhibited in London from 17 to 27 June 2017.
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Venetian masterpiece by Italian artist Michele Marieschi to be offered at Sotheby’s this summer – London – 05.07.2017 – 7574

Michele Marieschi, La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore, 1739-40. Estimate £500,000 – 700,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s announces the sale of a rare eighteenth century oil painting by Italian artist Michele Marieschi, as part of its flagship London Old Master evening sale on 5 July. La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore, comes to the market following a successful restitution settlement, led by Art Recovery International, between the current possessors and the heirs of the previous owners – the Graf family who last saw the painting in 1938, before they fled Nazi occupied Austria. Following over 15 years of negotiations, the work will be offered this summer with an estimate of £500,000 – 700,000.
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Sotheby’s to offer the most important space artifact to ever appear at auction – New York – 20.07.2017- 7569

The only such relic available for private ownership expected to fetch $2/4 million. Photo: Sotheby’s.

On 20 July 2017, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Sotheby’s New York is to offer the bag that was used to bring back to Earth the very first sample of lunar material ever collected. Traces of the moon dust and small rocks are still deeply embedded in the fabric of the bag, which is labeled “Lunar Sample Return” in bold black letters, giving a collector the chance not only to own some of the first lunar material ever collected, but also an exceptionally rare relic of humanity’s greatest achievement – landing a man on the moon. Nearly all of the equipment from that historic mission is housed in the U.S. National Collections at the Smithsonian; however a recent court ruling has allowed this to be the only such artifact in private hands. The bag will be offered in Sotheby’s inaugural Space Exploration sale and is expected to fetch $2/4 million.
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Sworders reveal set of six pictures by WE Johns to be offered at June 27 sale – Stansted – 27.06.2017 – 7559

William Earl Johns (1893-1968), ‘GOOD SHOOTING SIR!!’. Signed ‘W E Johns’ and inscribed with title. 24cm X 34.5cm. Estimate: £300-400.

A set of watercolours by WE Johns (1893-1968) coming up for auction shows that the author of the Biggles books was a keen artist as well as a writer.

To be offered by Sworders Fine Art auctioneers on June 27, the six detailed watercolours of individual biplanes and WWI dogfights are among the earliest depictions of aerial warfare or, indeed, of the ground from the air, and have not been on the market for over 30 years.
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Bird’s Hell by Max Beckmann to lead June Impressionist & Modern Art Evebing Sale – London – 27.06.2017 – 7558

Max Beckmann, Bird’s Hell, Oil on canvas, 47 1/4 x 63 1/4 in. (1938, estimate on request) © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

Max Beckmann’s Bird’s Hell (1938) will lead 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that take place from 17 to 30 June 2017, in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 27 June 2017, when it will be offered at auction for the first time. One of the most powerful paintings that Beckmann created while in exile in Amsterdam it presents a searing and unforgettable vision of hell and is poised to set a world record price for the artist at auction. Begun in Amsterdam and completed in Paris at the end of 1938, this work ranks amongst the clearest and most important anti-Nazi statements that the artist ever made, mirroring the escalating violence, oppression and terror of the National Socialist regime. The painting will be on view in New York until 17 of May, Hong Kong from 25 to 29 May and London from 17 to 27 June 2017.
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One of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands to be sold at Sotheby’s – London – 05.07.2017 – 7527

J.M.W. Turner, Ehrenbreitstein, 1835. Estimate: £15-25 million (US$18.7-31.2m / €17.3-28.9m). Photo: Sotheby’s.

In July this year, Sotheby’s will offer for sale one of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands. Painted in 1835, Ehrenbreitstein is a late work, dating from a period that is widely considered Turner’s best: other works from this time now hang in the world’s greatest museums, with only a minute number of this importance and quality remaining in private ownership. The subject of enormous critical acclaim when it was first exhibited in 1835, the painting depicts the ruined fortress of Ehrenbreitstein near Coblenz – a place of special significance for Turner. Though he made many drawings and watercolours of German views, this is the most important oil painting of a German subject that Turner ever painted. The picture will be offered at Sotheby’s in London on 5th July with an estimate of £15-25 million (US$18.7-31.2m / €17.3 – 28.9m)
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