Lowry painting sale tops £300,000

A COLLECTION of relatively unknown works by northern painter LS Lowry sold through Harrogate auctioneers Morphets for £318,000 last week.

The artworks, previously owned by an unnamed Harrogate couple and stored in a cupboard by their children since their death, were all sold to anonymous private buyers.

Morphet’s owner Liz Pepper-Darling said: “It’s quite rare to have that number of Lowrys being sold at a provincial auction house outside of London.

“We were delighted that the clients decided to sell them here as northern art should be sold in the north and we had a lot of interest from northern collectors. It was a very successful sale.”

The most valuable work, an oil painting titled Man Posting a Letter, fetched £165,000 and was notable for having been purchased by the couple directly from the artist.

Other paintings in the sale included Group of People and Man with a Cart which sold for £64,000 and £55,000 respectively.

And a pencil sketch depicting a group of children and a long-haired man smoking a cigarette, titled Family Group at the Seaside, raised £34,000.