A print by L S Lowry could go for up to £20,000 at auction.
Going to the Match is one of Lowry’s most recognisable images, a print of which it is going up for auction this month at Tennants Auctioneers’ Modern & Contemporary Art Sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
The original painting of Going to the Match, which depicts throngs of football fans on their way into a stadium before a match kicks off, was created in 1953 as an entry to a competition called Football and the Fine Arts. It was bought in 1999 by the Professional Footballers Association for £1.9million.
At the time, PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor Gordon Taylor said the painting encapsulates “the heart and soul of the game and the anticipation of fans on their way to a match. It is the football picture, it captures all the atmosphere of the game.” He added, “I would have liked it for a lot less than that.”
This Going to the Match won’t be Tennants’ first Lowry print to go under the hammer. The auction house currently holds the auction record for Lowry prints with another Going to the Match selling achieving £17,500 (plus fees) in 2015.
Other highlights in the evening’s sale include a work by Anthony Gormley, who’s figure study, Over, is estimated to achieve £7,000 to £10,000. Over is one of a number of figure studies the Gormely created using diluted ink on paper – fascinated by the variations the process produced. Gormley also created a series in the same vein using chicory coffee.
Going to the Match will go under the hammer along with nine other Lowry prints, including Pond (estimate: £2,000-3,000), on 29 February Tennants Auctioneers’ Modern & Contemporary Art Sale.