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Issue 26 - Art and antiques news

Scotland Magazine Issue 26
April 2006


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Art and antiques news

Sally Toms rounds up the best of the latest exhibitions and events

Drambuie sale breaks records

The sale of the famous Drambuie Collection of Scottish Art has made a staggering £3.75 million – the biggest single sale for a United Kingdom regional auction house. The collection of paintings, pottery, glassware, furniture and other items was assembled by the MacKinnon family, owners of Drambuie whisky liqueur.

The secret recipe for the whisky liqueur was (so the story goes) gifted to a MacKinnon of Skye by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746, and the family has been producing the liqueur for three generations.

The collection, put together during 30 years, contained 160 paintings from major artists.

Highlights included John Linnell’s masterpiece a Storm in Autumn which went for £140,000 and FCB Cadell’s painting of his studio An Interior of 30 Regent Terrace which sold for £135,000.

But the star of the show was a still life by Samuel Peploe entitled Japanese Jar and Roses (pictured), which went for a cool £220,000.

Vettriano is in super league

A seldom seen oil painting by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano has sold at auction for £346,832.

Dance Me To The End Of Love is regarded as one of Vettriano’s most important works and has become one of the world’s best selling posters. It was won by a Scottish bidder against an American telephone bidder at Shapes Fine Art Auctioneers in Edinburgh.

Although not fetching as much as another of the artist’s paintings, The Singing Butler, which sold in 2004 for £740,000, this sale further establishes Vettriano’s position as Britain’s top selling contemporary artist.

Shapes Auctioneers Fine Paintings expert Richard Longwill commented: “Jack only exhibited this picture in 1998 – the fact that it’s made the same price as the greatest Scottish painters, or a small Picasso, Magritte or Matisse is astonishing.”

Dance Me To The End Of Love is one of a series of paintings from the early 1990s with a beach theme. These paintings were inspired by Scotland’s east coast where Vettriano spent his childhood.

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