Collection signed by Braque amongst other French artists fetches almost £14k in Lincoln auction
A collection of books and artwork signed by French artists including Chagall and Braque made almost £14,000 at a Lincolnshire auction house.
The collection, from between the 1960s and 1984, attracted worldwide interest when it was sold at Golding Young & Mawer.
The 13 individual lots went for a total of £13,500 with prices ranging from a couple of hundred pounds to several thousands of pounds per lot.
Auctioneer William Gregory said: "The level of interest in this collection was unprecedented.
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"Buyers competed over the internet and the telephones for the majority of pieces.
"What made the collection unique was its excellent provenance as it was being sold by the daughter of the man who hung exhibitions by the artists in Paris."
The collection belonged to Jacques Vasini's daughter, Martine Knight.
She inherited the items from her father and had decided to sell them as she and her husband were moving to France.
Mrs Knight said: "I remember my father taking me to the gallery and showing me all the original artwork that was kept in the store room and meeting the senior director and the secretary.
"During his time, my father came into contact with all the artists who exhibited their art.
"To show their appreciation of my father's work they would often give him lithographs and books which they would sign."
Also in the sale, two paintings discovered in the attic of a property in south Lincolnshire during a house clearance were bought over the internet for more than £2,200.
Two paintings by John Trickett were bought by two collectors from Lincolnshire.
The signed oil on canvas of a spaniel made £620 against an estimate of between £250 and £450, and the signed oil on board titled "Woodland landscape" made £300 against a £150 to £250 estimate.
Eight paintings by the Grimsby artist Vincent Haddesley sold to a local buyer in the room for £1,565.
Among the artwork, the 1969 oil on canvas "Home by Moonlight" sold for £720 against an estimate of between £400 and £600.
The studio contents of the artist Wilhelmina Burdett-Somers from Louth, Lincolnshire, sold for £680.
Entries are now being accepted for the next Fine Art sale which will be held on Wednesday, June 26.
For more information about sales at Golding Young & Mawer log-on to www.goldingyoung.com
Alternatively, phone the Grantham saleroom on 01476 565118 or the Lincoln saleroom on 01522 524984.