Christie’s London has announced a sale devoted to Brian Sewell: Critic & Collector. The auction will take place at Christie’s on 27 September 2016. Brian Sewell (1931-2015), the renowned and controversial art critic, award-winning journalist and author, worked at Christie’s as an auction house picture expert for almost nine years, between 1958 and 1967, having graduated in Art History at the Courtauld Institute. Acquired over many decades, approximately 200 lots will be offered for sale from the collection, including important Old Master Paintings and Drawings and 19th and 20th century British Art. Providing a wealth of opportunities for new and established collectors across price levels, the works carry estimates ranging from under £1,000 to £600,000.
Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman: “Brian Sewell was, undoubtedly, one of Christie’s most colourful and learned former colleagues. What always motivated him was his love of great art and its power to move and inspire, combined with his characteristic and acerbic wit.”
Noël Annesley, Honorary Chairman, Christie’s UK: “Brian was a young man of 27 when he joined Christie’s. As his assistant, I got to admire him and to like him enormously. He evolved from a rather shy, cerebral art historian turned auction house expert into one of the most famous and widely read British art critics of our time. Brian was a man whose opinions were sought not just on art but on a wide variety of topics, reflecting the exceptional range of his interests. He could be relied upon to provide witty and often devastating judgements. A wonderful instructor, serious but humorous too, he set a standard for us all.”