Auction report: June 2020


Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, sales continued at the London auction houses in March. Kevin MacDonald gives a tour of the highlights

In the two weeks preceding the auctions of 23–24 March, the gradual ingress of the coronavirus pandemic began. Flights were cancelled, travel discouraged, social distancing demanded. Proactively, Tarisio cancelled their preview early, going over to extended hours for individual appointment viewings in their studios. A little later, Ingles & Hayday cancelled their view at Sotheby’s Grosvenor Gallery, opened their offices for a full viewing, and made their sale ‘online only’ for the first time. Brompton’s moved their view back to the Royal Institution, just below their offices. Everyone then held their breath, no doubt wishing the spring auctions had been scheduled a week earlier this year.

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