British Painter L. S. Lowry Record Set at Christie’s in London

artwork: Laurence Stephen Lowry, R..A. (1887-1976) "The Football Match", 1949 - 28 x 36 inches. Estimate: £3.5 million to £4.5 million. Sold for 5.6 million pounds ($9.2 million)  - Photo: Christie's Images Ltd

London – “The Football Match”, painted by Lowry in 1949, had not been seen for nearly 20 years before Thursday’s sale of 20th century British art.Several telephone bidders sent the price soaring beyond its high estimate of £4.5m before an unknown buyer secured the sale. The previous record for a Lowry at auction was £3.8m, set in 2007. The world’s most popular sport proved its enduring appeal when a rare painting of a football match by L.S. Lowry was sold for £5.6m, including buyer’s premium, at Christie’s in London – a record for the British artist at auction.