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    member555
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    Where was that? And which painting?

    Devon & Cornwall Auctions, Lifton, 13 March 2010, lot 396, est £15,000-20,000.The hammer price of £17,000 is in line with previous high prices for Bianca paintings.

    #10483

    gbl
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    Why are the education and local council paintings set with such a low estimate, they are very well done and look like he spent considerable time doing them, is it just the boring subject matter ?.

    I think that many of the paintings from the Education Project are some of the nicest examples of his work. A style which is different from his Nineties work - when the brush strokes became quick and slightly patchy (for want of a better description). I personally think the Education paintings are often overlooked in favour of the 'Tarts & Tramps' paintings! Perhaps because mainly, as you say, they could be described as "boring subject matter".

    #10484

    marlowe
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    Devon & Cornwall Auctions, Lifton, 13 March 2010, lot 396, est £15,000-20,000.The hammer price of £17,000 is in line with previous high prices for Bianca paintings.

    What would have been paid for that in its day? 6 or 7k at most. Good pictures at the right price continue to show a healthy profit. The problem in the Lenkiewicz market it seems to me are those who expect to make a ten fold profit or turn a profit overnight. There is a word for that.

    #10485

    TheWolfman
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    Interesting to note that Robert was quoted as saying that the education project was the most depressing he had worked on. I wonder how much of this ill feeling toward the project was down to the subject matter and how much was a result of the strain of his tighter, more detailed painting style at the time?

    #10486

    Christopher Raven
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    Hi All,I have been moved to add a few comments about Project 17: Education after reading these posts. My understanding of Robert's depressed view of this Project stems from his feeling that the system was purely directed at preparing the young for a life in commerce, and largely devoid of any instruction in the aesthetics, and other ways of living and viewing the world, which he felt would make life much richer.Just a thought, best wishes to you all.

    #10487

    marlowe
    Participant

    Worth going to see The Last Supper in real life. Quite an odd mixture of paintings though. I suppose that's auctions for you.

    #10488

    member555
    Keymaster

    Here are today’s hammer prices from Exeter:1

    #10489

    marlowe
    Participant

    Packed like sardines but what was all this about?

    It has been brought to our attention that the biographical description of Mr Sam Adair in the catalogue of our sale of his Lenkiewicz collection has given a distorted and inaccurate description of his business life and of his dealings with the artist. For the avoidance of doubt, it was not our intention to state or otherwise imply that Mr Adair has dealt with his private, business or personal dealings, with the artist or any third party, in any way that is improper or unlawful. Furthermore, it is not the belief of Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood or any employee or agent thereof that Mr Adair has dealt with his private, business or personal dealings, with the artist or any third party, in any way that is improper or unlawful. It was in no way our intention to cause distress to Mr Adair or his family and the directors of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood apologise un-reservedly for any inference that Mr Adair has acted improperly in any way.

    #10490

    sartre
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    The sale realised more than £300k if my addition is correct, but with more than 1 in 3 lots unsold. A successful sale? Not really, I don't think, but gratifying to see that some of the more difficult pieces sold, such as lot 47 from the Old Age project.My favourite is The Putrefaction of Diogenes, which surprisingly didn't sell. It's one of my favourite Lenkiewicz images.Cider Ryder with The Singer and Archie The Liar at Bath Street is new to me. It's a great painting but in my opinion let down by the framing. It could have done with more space around the figures: it looks as though Lenkiewicz ran out of canvas and that the oddly-shaped frame was an attempt to compensate for this.

    #10491

    member555
    Keymaster

    Packed like sardines but what was all this about?

    The catalogues at the sale were all mutilated. The first leaf, where Mr Adair's life was mentioned, had been manually ripped out from every copy, and it was replaced by a lose, printed page giving only the sale details.The complete catalogue was sent out to old customers before Mr Adair's complaint resulted in the mutilation. The apology posted by Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood both on the Internet and on the auction premises refers to the text found only in those copies (and it was also on the Internet until deleted and replaced by the apology).

    #10492

    gbl
    Participant

    A bit weird, since it was entirely a 'Sam Adair' sale, that he would have had no

    #10493

    marlowe
    Participant

    The sale realised more than £300k if my addition is correct, but with more than 1 in 3 lots unsold. A successful sale? Not really, I don't think, but gratifying to see that some of the more difficult pieces sold, such as lot 47 from the Old Age project.My favourite is The Putrefaction of Diogenes, which surprisingly didn't sell. It's one of my favourite Lenkiewicz images.

    A favourite of mine too Sartre, and a bargain, if a difficult image. I thought it did rather well in the circumstances. It didn't seem a very well put together collection. Lots of late less-finished paintings, stuff bought cheap at the estate sales and just a few high quality paintings. And unlike the estate sales they had high estimates which is always sure to put people off. The auctioneer was often forced to open bidding at just under thirty thousand!In a tough economic climate it proves Lenkiewicz can still fetch lots of five figure prices and another at nearly six figures. Really this is quite remarkable when in the bigger picture he is still an unknown -

    #10494

    Frank
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    Frank wrote:
    I suspect there are four or five significant holders, wealthy bidders and market movers for quality Lenkiewicz pieces, I could name them, I’m sure others could too but the point is – How stable is the market given the withdraw of a significant buyer – we shall see.I think we have crossed the Rubicon, clearly the decline of significant bidders is more than material. The room was full of day tripping janners who registered for a paddle in order to get a free catalogue and hopeful spectator to a fizzing money exchange whilst munching on homemade sarnies.Any serious collector would have known of this sale, it consisted of some exceptional and important works covering a wide range of Robert’s output. Bearnes gave ample illustration why they are a provincial bit part player in this game, the amateurish nature of the proceedings was comical with people unable to get into the auction, park, technical failures throughout and an utter inability to advise their client on how to find the market level. This borders on irresponsibility. Does anybody really think Sam is going to cart this lot down under to sell to a bunch of Aussies? It’s surplus stock and he has more, it’s going nowhere so wait for the bargains.The telephone operators had nothing to do, the internet auction a non event. And as for that silly tart dressed from head to tail in shades of Bearnes purple/mauve/lavender well please!!; isn’t there a staff disciplinary code that could be used?. Where now is the market for a 40k Lenkiewicz. Let’s face it the only painting that sold was a private commission at the behest of Sam – Why on earth would that attract any interest from someone interested in Lenkiewicz – Robert was producing the last supper to pay for the rent in the building it was housed, he thought it the most ironic (not iconic) thing he had worked on – That was his only interest in it !!!!!!!!!!!!!The only action taking place was downstairs as each lot failed to get near the hopelessly advised opening reserves there was a queue of people placing one time offers on anything that didn’t move – Anyone fancy putting in a bid should do so now, privately.The market has no level for Lenkiewicz now, there is nothing to justify the price differentials or benchmark against – Thankfully. I think with the departure of one more hoarder of Lenkiewicz the discussion will turn to art not price. Come on let it go, you know the financing costs are killing you after the splurge at Bearnes last estate sale!!!The highlight of the day for me. It’s got to be Aury Shoa picking up his own self portrait at the bottom of the range, that’s a big smile. What was the view like from the front row Annie?
    #10495

    Annie HillSmith
    Participant

    The view was fine thanks.I take exception to quite a lot of your post but in particular... para 4. Please withdraw it because it is offensive.

    #10496

    TheWolfman
    Participant

    I take exception to quite a lot of your post but in particular... para 4. Please withdraw it because it is offensive.

    Agreed. I once had a post deleted as some here took offense when I mentioned that one of Robert's models was more beautiful in the flesh. I find it odd that a genuine compliment can deemed offensive and removed with great haste yet a deliberately spiteful remark that could cause real upset should be allowed to stay.

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