Grosvenor School prints achieve world records

By Rosanna Holmes,
24th April 2012 - 11:09
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Works by Sybil Andrews and Claude Flight sped out of the saleroom at record-breaking prices this week 
In the July 2011 issue of H&A, Roadshow expert Grant Ford waxed lyrical on the glorious prints produced by members of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He told us the names to look out for and who to invest in as prices for their prints, which have a dynamic sense of speed and movement, have been accelerating in the last few years.

No surprises, then, that works by two members of the school sped out of Bonhams' saleroom for record-breaking sums this week. Bidding for Sybil Andrews' painting Speedway, a scene of motorbikes racing towards the on-looker, whizzed passed the estimate of £50,000-£70,000 and achieved a whopping £82,850, a new world record price for the artist and the most expensive Grosvenor School print ever sold. If that wasn't enough, Claude Flight’s work Speed, pictured, whipped up a frenzy, too, selling for £49,250, almost double the guide price of £20,000-£30,000 and surpassing the previous record for the artist. His beautiful image of bustling buses on a London street makes us wish we'd had the final bid.

 
Keep your eyes open for other pieces from the artists’ collections. However, if those prices are too steep, sate your appetite, with greetings cards and posters from bookshops and antiques fairs.
 
To read Grant's article, click here