Sotheby’s Breaks Auction Record for a Work by Stanley Spencer Twice in Same Sale

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LONDON (REUTERS).- The auction record for a work by British artist Stanley Spencer fell twice in one sale at Sotheby’s on Wednesday, while a Lucian Freud picture on paper also set a new high. Seven works by Spencer, described by the auctioneer as one of the 20th century’s most important British painters, were on offer at the first section of a three-part sale of the Evill/Frost Collection. They made a total of 23.0 million pounds ($37.6 million), including a record 4.7 million pounds for “Workmen in the House,” which was eclipsed minutes later by the 5.4 million pounds paid for “Sunflower and Dog Worship.” The first work had been expected to go under the hammer for 1.5-2.0 million pounds and the second for 1.0-1.5 million. The final sale price includes the buyer’s premium, where as pre-sale estimates do not.