Lyon & Turnbull

Highlights | Contemporary & Post-War Art | 18 August 2016

Taking place in the midst of the vibrant and vivacious Edinburgh Festival, our August Contemporary & Post-War Art sale drew its own crowd with a busy saleroom, and lots of lively, enthusiastic bidding.

Charlotte Riordan, Head of the Sale, reflects on a selection of the top lots of the sale.


§ JOHN BELLANY | HELEN WITH ACCORDION | Sold for £17,500

Lot 159
§ JOHN BELLANY C.B.E., R.A., H.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1942-2013) 
HELEN WITH ACCORDION C.1971      
Sold for £17,500

The top lot of the sale was this striking portrait of the artist’s wife with an accordion, featuring the bold colours and confident handling that are such a trademark of Bellany’s work. The sitter, Helen Bellany, attended the sale, to experience an exciting reunion with a painting she hadn’t seen in decades.

Helen Bellany


§ GERALD LAING | BABY BABY WILD THINGS | Sold for £11,875

Lot 78
§ GERALD LAING (BRITISH 1936-2011)                           
BABY BABY WILD THINGS 
Sold for £11,875

British Pop Art was well-represented in the sale with a range of works on paper by artists such as David Hockney, Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Gerald Laing. Further information here. Laing’s bold Pop Art prints were particularly admired in the saleroom, before the complete folio of Baby Baby Wild Things achieved £11,875.


§ SIR ROBIN PHILIPSON | NEVERMIND II, 1965-84 | Sold for £10,625

Lot 48
§ SIR ROBIN PHILIPSON P.R.S.A., R.A., R.S.W., R.G.I. (SCOTTISH 1916-1992)
NEVERMIND II, 1965-84     
Sold for £10,625

In Nevermind II, a painting on which he worked for nearly two decades, Philipson tackles the theme of the Great War to tremendous effect. His work remains particularly popular with local collectors and bidding in the room took it to £10, 625.


§ DAVID BOWIE | DHEAD LXII | Sold for £6,875

Lot 72
§ DAVID BOWIE (BRITISH 1947-2016)         
DHEAD LXII 
Sold for £6,875

Following the highly successful sale of a DHEAD self-portrait by David Bowie in our March 2016 Contemporary sale, we were delighted to be able to offer another portrait from the series. DHEAD LXII attracted interest from Bowie fans internationally to achieve £6,875.


Click here for complete Results of Sale.

For more information, or if you are interested in consigning to our next Contemporary & Post-War Art sale, please contact:

Charlotte Riordan | Head of Contemporary & Post-War Art

Charlotte.riordan@lyonandturnbull.com | 0131 557 8844

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