Realised prices for Modern & Contemporary Prints reflect the growth in demand for this hugely popular art form, which is engaging new audiences in art collecting due to affordability and accessibility. At Sworders, prints are typically consigned to our Modern & Contemporary Art auctions, held six times a year, but also a feature in our Design and Out of the Ordinary sales.
Leading the category are works by celebrated British artists including David Hockney, Henry Moore, Patrick Hughes, Grayson Perry, Elizabeth Frink, and Bridget Riley with notable recent successes for two of Riley’s signature black and white screenprints from her 1965 ‘Fragments’ series achieving £39,000 and £31,850 respectively in April 2021.
The sales also showcase the works of leading international printmakers such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Yayoi Kusama, and Yoshitomo Nara and offer a dynamic range of artforms from engravings and lithographs to large format screenprints, and photography to special edition sculptures.
Urban art is perhaps one of the most vibrant genres to emerge in the auction market, with artists such as Ben Eine, Charming Baker, KAWS, and Invader achieving strong results at Sworders.
If you would like to discuss the consignment of an individual work or an entire collection or would like information about a forthcoming sale, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our specialist team.
Sworders' Design department is thrilled to present three distinct sculptures by John Maltby in the upcoming two day sale on the 19 and 20 October. Featuring several members of Maltby’s recurring cast, from the humble raven to the monolithic king, these are expected to fetch £1,000-1,500 each.
29 September 2021
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
Nearing her one hundredth birthday on 26th November this year, Marie Françoise Gilot has lived a remarkable life from her decade-long love affair with Picasso in her early twenties, to becoming the talented painter and writer celebrated today.
23 September 2021