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June 20, 2016 - Filed under: Antiques News — David

Three L S Lowry paintings which once hung in the living room of Cilla Black were recently sold at auction.

The famous TV personality had purchased the paintings at London’s Crane Kalman Gallery. Following the death of the much-loved star in August last year, the paintings were recently sold by Sotheby’s in their Modern & Post-War British Art sale. The combined value for the works of art was £520,000 to £830,000.

Simon Hucker, a specialist for Sotheby’s, discussed the sale, saying:

“For many it may come as a surprise that Cilla owned and cherished works by Lowry, but then why wouldn’t she?”

He added that the artist created a picture of the world which Cilla Black was familiar with from her childhood, growing up in the back streets of the north. The paintings captured the culture of the working classes, which Cilla Black was determined not to lose, despite being a famous personality.

Family Group was bought by Bobby Willis, her husband, in 1973, and it sold for £353,000 at auction, exceeding its estimate. Her husband had also purchased “The Black Church” for his partner, which sold for £245,000, while “The Spire” sold slightly under the estimate at £100,000.

The new owners of the paintings may want to exhibit the paintings in their home, perhaps in a room which is furnished with late Victorian furniture, to enhance the beauty of the works of art.

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