“British. Cool.” art auction in London raises over €1m

An art auction with works by – and featuring – some of the most iconic British figures has raised more than €1 million.

Euronews reports that the auction called British. Cool. was held at Bonhams in London last week and its most successful lot was a print from Andy Warhol’s 1975 Mick Jagger portfolio. It made €172,500 against a pre-sale estimate of about €68,000 – €91,000.

The 252-lot sale also included various pieces by other top artists like Banksy, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Peter Blake.

Co-head of the British. Cool. sale Carolin von Massenbach, explained, “From Banksy prints to Dame Vivienne Westwood fashion pieces, British. Cool. offered items from the peak of Britain’s contemporary cultural legacy”. The other co-head of the sale, Janet Hardie, added: “With an array of art, prints, fashion, photographs and popular culture memorabilia, it is no wonder British. Cool. enticed collectors across all categories. We are delighted that yet again we demonstrated that Britain’s cultural highlights certainly remain incredibly cool and current”. 

Euronews Culture takes a look at some of the stand out pieces from the auction…


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