Tennants sale sets new world record set for Yorkshire artist

A new world auction record for Yorkshire artist Joe Scarborough was set in the Modern and Contemporary Art Sale at Tennants Auctioneers, North Yorkshire on June 25, when ‘Whitby Regatta’ sold for £18,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

By Gemma Jimmison
Tuesday, 12th July 2022, 2:39 pm

The sale price was more than double the previous record for the artist.

Joe Scarborough, who was born in 1938, is much loved for his colourful and humorous depictions of everyday life in his hometown of Sheffield as well as around Yorkshire. He first discovered painting whilst working in a South Yorkshire colliery, where his vividly colourful and life-filled paintings provided a much-needed antidote to working underground.

After leaving the mines to pursue a career as an artist, Scarborough developed his distinctive and instantly recognisable style, and his paintings can be found in private and public collections around the world.

Two further paintings by the artist in the sale sold well, too, with ‘Working Men’s Club’ selling for £1,200, and ‘Waiting for Paytime’ selling 
for £700.

Throughout the sale keen bidding was seen for the strong selection of Northern art on offer. Good prices were achieved for ‘It’s Bloody Freezing’ by Brian ‘Braaq’ Shields (1951-1997), which sold for £16,000 and his ‘Figures Outside a School’, which sold 
for £4,000.

Two distinctive drawings by County Durham mining artist Norman Cornish (1919-2014) sold well too, with ‘Man at the Bar’ selling for £1,400, and ‘Man Smoking’ selling 
for £1,300.

Further notable results were seen for Leeds artist Stuart Walton’s (b.1933) ‘Great Northern Street, Morley’ and ‘Street in Leeds’, which both sold above top estimate for £1,400, and a much-admired Peter Brook (1927-2009) painting, ‘Working Dog Resting’ sold for £4,200.

Elsewhere in the sale, a bronze sculpture by Philip Jackson (b.1942), ‘Palestrina’s Pavan’ sold well at £7,000. Jackson is a contemporary sculptor in the figurative tradition, known for his figures inspired by Venice, such as the present lot.

The sale achieved at total hammer price of £175,630 for 146 lots and an 88% sold rate.

Full sale results are available on our website: www.tennants.co.uk

Tennants is currently running its Designer Sale as a timed online auction running until Sunday, July 17.

The sale will offer bidders the chance to buy handbags, scarves and other accessories by leading designer names including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Alexander McQueen. Each piece has been carefully selected from private collections, and all are in excellent condition.

Amongst the fabulous items on offer are a highly covetable Chanel quilted double flap leather shoulder bag from the 1990s, on offer with an estimate of £1,200-1,500 plus buyer’s premium and sold with its authentication card.

A good range of goods by Louis Vuitton in the sale include an ‘On The Go’ Empreinte leather bag with beige and black monogrammed leather (estimate: £600-800), and a selection of their iconic luggage such as the Louis Vuitton Pegase 55 Monogram cabin suitcase (estimate: £500-800).

On-trend modern cross-body bags, such as a Gucci small orange pebble leather Soho disco bag (estimate: £300-500) are joined by a selection of in-demand costume jewellery by the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Hèrmes.

Colour and pattern are brought to the sale by a superb selection of iconic Hèrmes boxed silk scarves in vibrant colours with both new and vintage designs, with estimates of £100-150 for the classic ‘Carré’ 90cm squares.

To view or bid on the designer sale items before close of play on Sunday, or for a full timetable of any future sales at the Leyburn auction house, please visit: www.tennants.co.uk