Miró mania

By Rosanna Holmes,
21st June 2012 - 15:13

Spanish painter's work sells for record sum 
 

In an electrifying bidding battle at Sotheby’s London saleroom this week, Joan Miró’s 1927 contemporary masterpiece Peinture (Étoile Bleue) sold for a whopping £23,561,250, going above and beyond the pre-sale estimate of £15-20 million and shattering the artist’s previous record at auction. 

The painting (right), which is now the most expensive work of art sold in London so far this year, was eventually won by a telephone buyer after an intense stand-off between four bidders. 

 
If you're passionate about Miró's work, but don't have quite the same budget as the Sotheby's bidders, you can see his sculptures in an exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until January 2013.

You can also buy pocket-friendly, Miró-esque pieces too, as YSP has commissioned three leading British designers to create a new ‘Inspired by Miró’ range.

Renowned interior designer Susan Bradley has produced eye-catching bookends based on the 1967 sculpture Femme Assise et Enfant; Margo Selby has created textiles and accessories influenced by Miró’s playful use of shape, and ceramicist Lubha Chowdhary (featured in H&A Feb 2010) has produced four sets of brightly coloured, handcrafted tiles (right). 

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