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CHRISTIE’S MODERN BRITISH & IRISH ART EVENING AUCTION ACHIEVES A TOTAL OF £20,564,100 / $23,155,177 / €23,525,330

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CHRISTIE’S MODERN BRITISH & IRISH ART EVENING AUCTION ACHIEVES A TOTAL OF

£20,564,100 / $23,155,177 / €23,525,330

THE SALE WAS LED BY L.S. LOWRY’S
GOING TO THE MATCH WHICH REALISED
£7,846,500

THE LOWRY IN SALFORD ACQUIRED THE PAINTING FOR PERMANENT DISPLAY IN THEIR GALLERIES

GOING TO THE MATCH WAS SOLD BY THE PLAYERS FOUNDATION TO RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR THE CHARITY

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L.S. Lowry’s Going to the Match sold for £7,846,500

THE MODERN BRITISH & IRISH ART EVENING SALE ACHIEVED A TOTAL OF £20,564,100 / $23,155,177 / 23,525,330, SELLING 93% BY LOT AND 94% BY VALUE

PHILANTHROPY

  • Going to the Match by L.S. Lowry sold to The Lowry in Salford who were bidding in Christie’s saleroom. The work was acquired for £7,846,500, setting a new world auction record for the artist
  • Julia Fawcett OBE, Chief Executive, The Lowry: “This evening, thanks to an incredibly generous gift from The Law Family Charitable Foundation, we are delighted to have purchased Going to the Match (1953) for the city’s collection of LS Lowry works.  We look forward to bringing it home to Salford, where it can continue to delight and attract visitors to the Andrew and Zoë Law Galleries at The Lowry.”
  • The painting was offered by The Players Foundation with proceeds being used to allow the organisation to continue its charitable work in, amongst other things, assisting with those who have dementia and relieving poverty amongst current or former professional players
  • Spokesperson, The Players Foundation: “The Players Foundation are pleased with the outcome of the auction. These funds will enable the charity to continue to help professional players and wider society, through advice, grant aid and funding for research.”
  • Going to the Match was painted for an exhibition in 1953, sponsored by The Football Association, where Lowry won first prize
  • William Scott’s Frying Pan – Still Life1947 was sold for £756,000, with 100% of the hammer price for the lot benefitting the Brecknock Art Trust, a UK registered charity, with registered charity number 1086339
  • Christie’s unprecedented support for philanthropic endeavours in 2022 will culminate with the historic sale of the Paul G. Allen Collection in New York

 

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