The Important Victorian & British Impressionist Art sale realised £22,201,975 /$33,547,184 /€25,598,878, the highest total ever achieved for the category. The auction, which set 10 world auction record prices, was sold 58% by lot and 93% by value. The top price was paid for a masterpiece by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S. (1833-1898), Love Among the Ruins, which sold for £14,845,875/$22,432,117/€17,117,294, setting a new world record price for the artist at auction (estimate: £3 – 5 million) and becoming the most expensive pre-Raphaelite painting ever sold at auction.
Peter Brown: Senior Director & International Department Head of Victorian & British Impressionist Pictures and Harriet Drummond, Senior Director & International Department Head of British Drawings and Watercolours: “The record breaking results of this sale, which achieved the highest total ever in the category, demonstrate the strength and vigour of the market for Victorian & British Impressionist works. The sale saw highly competitive bidding for rare and important works from private collections and 10 world record auction prices were achieved. The market for Victorian art continues to expand and there was increased international bidding from the US, Russia and Asia. We are especially pleased with the result of the Burne-Jones masterpiece which has become the most valuable Pre-Raphaelite work ever sold at auction.”