The Collection of Sir Nicholas Goodison British Art: Innovation and Craftsmanship achieved £7,995,582, more than doubling the pre-sale low estimate. The sale was 90% sold by lot and 96% sold by value. New auction records were set for Keith Vaughan and for a single-panel Nottingham Alabaster.
Amelia Walker, Head of Sale, Specialist Head of Private & Iconic Collections: “We are thrilled with the fantastic result for this sale, which is a testament to the exceptional eye and connoisseurship of Sir Nicholas Goodison. Fierce competition from bidders in a packed saleroom saw prices far exceed their pre-sale estimates for works of art across all categories, particularly Modern British Art including paintings by Keith Vaughan and Peter Lanyon, as well as clocks, sculptures, and ceramics by William
de Morgan. We are particularly pleased to have achieved a new auction record for Keith Vaughan’s Sixth Assembly of Figures, which sold for £705,600, the top lot in the sale. Further strong results were achieved by Peter Lanyon’s Tree Top Nest which realized £567,000, William Turnbull’s Ancestral Totem which fetched £554,000, and The Goodison Tompion which achieved £182,700. The rare group of Nottingham, medieval panels saw fierce competition and Resurrection achieved a new auction record for a single Nottingham alabaster panel, selling for £138,600.”
Keith Vaughan’s Sixth Assembly of Figures, 1962, painted between 1952 and 1976 (estimate: £100,000-150,000)
The Goodison Tompion – a Queen Anne ebony and ebonized table clock by Tompion & Banger, London, No. 444, circa 1705 (estimate: £150,000 – 250,000)
A unique bronze sculpture, Ancestral Totem, conceived in 1956-58 by William Turnbull (estimate: £200,000-300,000)
Resurrection, 15th century, one of a group of nine Nottingham Alabasters collected by Sir Nicholas Goodison (estimate: 30,000-50,000)