A major Cumbrian stock house is launching its first online art sale due to buyer demand.
Cockermouth-based Mitchells said the sales would complement its quarterly live antiques and fine art auctions.
The first photo sale, which includes artwork between £50 and £300, will start at midday on Thursday August 18 and end on Sunday August 28.
Head of fine art and furniture James Forster, who worked for Sotheby’s and other leading auctioneers before joining Mitchells earlier this year, said he wanted to promote Cumbria’s rich artistic heritage and has said there was a gap in the market for timed online sales of affordable fines. art.
He said: “There is a real appetite among buyers to interact with auctions in this way and they also provide an alternative outlet for people with artwork to sell.
“Unlike a live sale, the timed format allows bidding over an extended period of time which is very engaging and a bit addictive for buyers when tracking certain lots.
“There will always be a visit to the auction room so you can inspect the photos if you wish, but the lots will also be illustrated online with high quality photographs and condition reports, so viewing in the auction house is optional. For sellers, it adds value as these auctions tend to attract new buyers who don’t normally buy at auctions.”
Examples of artwork for sale at the first Timed Picture Sale include a signed and numbered reproduction of a lonely adventurer, Sir Francis Chichester (1901-1972), after James Lawrence Isherwood (1917-1989 ) with an estimate of £200. £300 and a signed oil on panel of a washerwoman by an artist close to Paul Lucien Maze (1887-1979) with an estimate of £100-200.
Bidders should come to www.the-saleroom.com/Mitchells to view, track and bid on lots for sale. The works can also be viewed in person at Mitchells Lorton Street Saleroom on Thursday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.