You may remember that quite a few posts ago I wrote that Texan model Jerry Hall (ex Mrs Jagger) had decided to put some of her art collection up for auction last month (the post is here). The collection which included paintings by Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente and Warhol were sold at auction on the 16th October at Sotheby’s auction house London and Jerry cleaned up!
‘Eight Month Gone’, a portrait of Hall painted by Lucien Freud when Hall was 8 months pregnant with her 4th child sold for £601.250 (the original estimate being £300,000-£400,000).
A Frank Auerbach painting, ‘Head of Helen Gillespie’ was bought by Hall in 1997, estimated at between £700,000 and £900,000 actually went for £1,071,650 – $1.76 million) (proved to be a good investment indeed!
Another picture by the artist entitled Quinces took £313,250 against a forecast of £150,000-£200,000.
Hall was given an acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas Dollar sign by Warhol in 1982. It has the inscription ‘To Jerry’ and was estimated to be worth between 120,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds. Of the 14 pieces of art offered by Hall for auction – four remained unsold, but I can’t find any information to what they were.
Jerry has famously said that her reason for selling the paintings was to ‘move on’ from that particular episode of her life and put the past behind her. She calls it ‘movin on’ in the auction’s catalogue, “At a certain age you just want to get rid of things,” she says. I suppose by parting with these – she really does mean what she says!