surreal modernist sculpture Square Form is estimated to sell for between £3 million and £5 million (US$3.95 million and US$6.58 million) when it appears at auction for the first time this month at Christie’s London.
Square Form was created in 1936 when Moore (1898-1986) began to experiment with abstraction and surrealism while staying true to materials. The British artist was best known for his large-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures that are installed around the world as public works of art, including Draped Seated Woman (1957–58) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England; Double Oval (1966) at Jardine House in Hong Kong; and Large Two Forms (1969) at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
The largest collection of Moore’s work is on the grounds of his longtime home, a 60-acre estate in
Perry Green Hertfordshire,
England, that is now owned by the
Previously, Christie’s sold one of Moore’s large bronze sculptures, Reclining Figure: Festival, for £19 million in February 2012, against a presale high estimate of £5.5 million.
Square Form will be featured at Christie’s evening sales of modern British art in London on Jan. 21. The piece was acquired directly from Moore in the mid-1950s by the collector, who the auction house is not naming, and is being offered for auction for the first time, Christie’s said.
Another highlight of Christie’s evening auction is a painting by L.S.
(1887-1976), who is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of England in the mid-20th century.
The 1943 painting, The Mill, Pendlebury, is offered for sale from the estate of Leonard D.
a medical researcher who played a key role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. He died last June at age 98.
After emigrating to the U.S. as a biomedical researcher in 1949, Hamilton developed techniques for extracting and purifying mammalian DNA. The samples enabled Maurice
and his associates to discover the double helical structure of DNA, for which Wilkins,
shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1962.
The Mill, Pendlebury was a gift to Hamilton from his parents, who acquired the painting shortly after Lowry completely it, when Hamilton was at Oxford University. The painting has since never been seen in public and is estimated to fetch up to £1 million, according to Christie’s.