William Nelson Copley

Untitled (Bird)

Found at Bonhams, London
Post-War & Contemporary Art, Lot 34
12. Oct - 12. Oct 2023
Estimate: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Price realised: 21.760 GBP
WILLIAM NELSON COPLEY (1919-1996)
Untitled (Bird)
1957
signed and dated 57
oil on canvas
27 by 41 cm.
10 5/8 by 16 1/8 in.
ICA Picture Fair, London | Private Collection, UK | Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Artwork auctioned at three times the upper estimate price

When the work Untitled (Bird) by William Nelson Copley was auctioned at Bonhams in London in October this year, the result exceeded expectations many times over. The upper estimate was set at a - in retrospect quite modest - GBP 6,000.00 but the actual price achieved was more than three times as high at GBP 21,760.00 (€ 24,986.53). Of course, this price has nothing to do with the top prices that other works by William Nelson Copley achieve. The highest price we have observed so far was reached by the work Gingham Girls in May last year with an auction result of USD 579,600.00 (€ 540,117.42).

Kunstwerk zum Dreifachen des oberen Schätzpreises versteigert

Als die Arbeit Untitled (Bird) von William Nelson Copley im Oktober diesen Jahres bei Bonhams in London versteigert wurde, übertraf das Ergebnis die Erwartungen um ein Vielfaches. Der obere Schätzpreis war mit – rückwirkend betrachtet recht bescheidenen – GBP 6.000,00 angesetzt, der tatsächlich erzielte Preis hingegen war mit GBP 21.760,00 (€ 24.986,53) mehr als dreimal so hoch. Dieser Preis hat freilich nichts mit den Spitzenpreisen zu tun, die andere Arbeiten von William Nelson Copley erzielen. Den höchsten von uns bisher beobachteten Preis erreichte die Arbeit Gingham Girls im Mai letzten Jahres mit einem Auktionsergebnis von USD 579.600,00 (€ 540.117,42).

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