Buy Modern and Contemporary Prints at Auction

Affordable Modern and Contemporary Prints at Auction


Launched in January 2017, Sworders Modern and Contemporary Prints department now conducts two specialist sales each year. The department is headed by Shane Xu who brings a wealth of expertise to a burgeoning market. Our Modern and Contemporary Prints sales are a culmination of years of work and study, building up detailed knowledge of artists and the market, while focusing on what buyers and sellers want on an international basis.

The sales are diverse, catering for all tastes and budgets, offering works by leading British and international printmakers such as Bridget Riley, Grayson Perry, Lill Tschudi, Nicolas de Staël, Banksy and Yayoi Kusama. Prints are proving a hugely popular way to engage new audiences in art collecting due to their affordability and accessibility.

Our next Modern and Contemporary Prints Auction takes place on Wednesday 9 May 2018. Please find a selection of forthcoming highlights below.

To find out more about the sale, please contact Shane Xu - or call 01279 817778.




Our specialists

Our specialists hold regular valuation days. Please contact us for more information, or complete the form below to enquire about the valuation of your items. 

Shane Xu


Shane came to Sworders in early 2017 with 6 years experience in the modern and contemporary prints department at a leading London auction house. Before immersing herself in the art world, Shane was a financial analyst for a Fortune 500 company in Shanghai.


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Founder of British Pop Art | Pauline Boty
Founder of British Pop Art | Pauline Boty

Pauline Boty was the only female founder of British Pop Art and an icon of 1970s feminism. She worked closely with Sir David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake, alongside other Pop artists. Sworders are pleased to present a drawing by Boty, lot 136 in our Modern & Contemporary Art auction to be held on Tuesday 5 April 2022

18 March 2022

A 'How To' Guide to Identifying and Buying Prints
A 'How To' Guide to Identifying and Buying Prints

Buying prints at auction is a great way to start an art collection. Prints are typically from limited editions, making them more affordable than one-off pieces such as oil paintings. Yet, the printmaking process is highly skilled, each plate onto which the artist creates an image needs to be perfect in order to achieve the desired finish. Eleanor Garthwaite tells us more...

23 September 2021

Can You Help Curwen Reach Its Fundraising Target?
Can You Help Curwen Reach Its Fundraising Target?

The Curwen Print Study Centre is an educational charity established in the late 1990s to ensure traditional handcrafted printmaking skills are protected for future generations.  £120,000 has been raised so far in its bid to move to new premises in early 2022. You can now make your mark and purchase an artwork to further aid the campaign.

21 September 2021


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If you're considering the sale of your items, we are happy to offer a free online valuation service. Please fill out the form and press the 'Submit' button below. Expect to hear from the appropriate valuer as soon as possible.


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