Henry Moore sculpture sells for more than £1.7m

Henry Moore sculpture 'Reclining Figure: Umbilicus'
Henry Moore sculpture 'Reclining Figure: Umbilicus'

A sculpture by Castleford-born Henry Moore was sold at an auction in London for more than £1.7m last night.

An anonymous buyer paid £1,762,500 for his ‘Reclining Figure: Umbilicus’ at the Christie’s sale of modern and British art.

Henry Moore

Henry Moore

A total of five artworks were sold for more than £1m each at the sale.

They included a 1953 hand sculpture by Wakefied-born Dame Barbara Hepworth, which sold for £1,426,500.

André Zlattinger, head of Modern British art at Christie’s London, said: “The strong sell-through rates of this sale highlight the continuing appreciation and demand for this dynamic category, with five works selling for over £1m.

“The sale was led by Moore’s ‘Reclining Figure: Umbilicus’, with other notable results for sculpture exemplified by Hepworth’s carved ‘Hand Sculpture (Turning Form)’, which sparked fiercely competitive bidding resulting in an auction record for a unique carving in the medium. Building on the record price for a work by Gill achieved at Christie’s in June 2015.”