Beryl Cook painting Applause fetches double estimate at Clevedon Salerooms
A PAINTING by renowned artist Beryl Cook sold for twice its pre-auction price guide when it went under the hammer at a sale in Clevedon.
The picture called Applause and showing flutist Sir James Galway receiving rapturous audience appreciation at a Plymouth concert was expected to fetch between £12-18,000 at the auction at Clevedon Salerooms but a bidding war saw the artwork sold for £30,400.
Auctioneer Toby Pinn said: "A bidding battle between a Cornish collector and a local collector saw the pre-sale estimate of £12,000 – £18,000 eclipsed. The Cheshire-based vendor of the picture who had selected Clevedon Salerooms to sell the work was absolutely thrilled with the result.
"In the last couple of years Clevedon Salerooms have had more success with original Beryl Cook works than any other UK auction house."
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The late Beryl Cook, who lived and painted in Bristol for several years, is best known for her original and instantly recognisable paintings of people enjoying themselves in pubs, girls shopping or out on a hen night.
Her comical subject matter has included drag shows, a family picnicking by the seaside or abroad and gambling in Las Vegas.
Clevedon Salerooms has an enviable record selling Beryl Cook works thanks to fine art consultant Sheena Stoddard, a former art curator at Bristol City Gallery who put on the Beryl Cook exhibition Larger Than Life in 2011.
In November 2011 another Beryl Cook original sold for twice its estimated value at the Kenn Road auction. The picture called Brian Entertains sold for £24,500 despite a catalogue price of between £8-12,000.