“Leslie Waddington”

Sale of the Leslie Waddington collection

At Christie’s in London, on 4 October, 100 % of the Leslie Waddington collection was sold, and 80 % of lots went for over their high estimates. The sale reaped a total of £28,285,525. With these results, the sale pays fine homage to a pioneering contemporary-art collector and dealer. Bids came from 37 countries. Robert Motherwell’s Spanish Elegy was sold for the sum of £905,000, well above its high estimate of £300,000. The top lot of the evening was a work by Jean Dubuffet, Visiteur au chapeau bleu (1955), which went for £4,813,000. Of note is a world record set by the sale of Las Meninas by Michael Craig-Martin, pushed up to £149,000. The painting on paper, Lampe, by Francis Picabia, was sold for £3,637,000, thus doubling its high estimate. The sale also notched up fine scores for works by Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Milton Avery and Agnes...

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Death of British Art Dealer Leslie Waddington

Leslie Waddington, figure of the British art market, died on Monday 30th November in London, at the age of 81. The internationally passionate man recognized in the art world for his connoisseurship, met, mixed and exhibited with all the great artists of the postwar period. He acquainted the works of Americans in London and defended the English. Linked to the artists Peter Blake, Agnes Martin, Jean Dubuffet, Josef Albers, Picasso, Tàpies, Jean Arp, Joan Miró and Fernand Léger up to Georg Baselitz, Leslie Waddington embodied a certain era of London galleries and of the art market, undoubtedly less international and less swift. Leslie Waddington was born in Dublin in 1936. After studying at the Portora Royal School in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland and the Ecole du Louvre, he trained with his father, Victor Waddington. His own gallery was founded in 1966, near the Royal Academy of Arts and Burlington Gardens. He joined the Frenchmen Stéphane Custot 5 years ago to hold the Waddington-Custot- Gallery in London, which for years represented the Dubuffet Foundation with the Pace Gallery, but also Peter Blake and Barry Flanagan....

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