Levine soars at Sotheby's Made in Britain sale
Showcasing the very best in Modern British Art across the disciplines of paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, contemporary and studio ceramics and design, Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction offered the perfect opportunity to acquire works by some of the century’s most celebrated and sought-after artists and makers.
Estimates started at just £250 and included works by internationally acclaimed artists including L.S. Lowry, Edward Burra, Mary Fedden, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Howard Hodgkin, Terry O’Neill, Dame Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Banksy, Grayson Perry and Chris Levine.
Without a doubt our sale highlight was Chris Levine’s Lightness of Being pink, which depicts Queen Elizabeth II with her eyes closed. Levine (seen above) was commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust to create a portrait of the monarch in 2004 to mark 800 years of allegiance to the Crown by the Island of Jersey. The portrait Equanimity, was added to the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection in 2011. In 2012 it was repurposed in a new work, 'The Diamond Queen' which featured 1,100 white diamonds, created with London jeweller Asprey.
Often famed as the “accidental masterpiece” Lightness of Being dates back to 2008 - accidental as the image was captured during the sittings for Equanimity which shows a serene Queen Elizabeth II in a moment of rest between shots.
Lightness of Being pink a beautiful unique multi-coloured silkscreen with hand applied Swarovski crystals was estimated at £70,000 - £100,000 and eventually sold for £150,000.