David Hockney’s lithograph of Hollywood Pals will go up for auction in a single-owner sale in Yorkshire today

Today’s Tennants Auctioneers sole proprietor sale; Line, Color & Form, includes a collection of paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures from the mid to late 20th century.

Brought together on artistic merit rather than by any particular artist, scholar Francesca Young said the result was a “disparate but harmonious collection”.

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Among the lots that should catch the eye is a lithograph titled ‘Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy’, by Bradford-born favorite David Hockney, with a guide price of £6,000-8,000.

Francesca Young, image specialist at Tennants Auctioneers in front of lot 2081 David Hockney OM, CH, RA (born in 1937) “Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy” Signed and dated (19)76, numbered 67/96, lithograph, 71cm on 94cm. Screenwriter: James Hardisty

Isherwood was an English writer best known for his semi-autobiographical novel Goodbye to Berlin, on which the musical Cabaret was based. Meeting his American artist partner Bachardy in 1952, the couple had broken the convention of living together as an openly gay couple at a time when Hollywood was still deeply closed.

Hockney, for whom portraiture has been a constant throughout his career, had befriended the couple when they were neighbors in California.

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Other pieces include Carlos Nadal’s Vacances en France, signed, inscribed and dated 1984, with a guide price of £7,000-£10,000 plus buyer’s premium, and Sydney Harpley’s ‘Girl on a Swing’ .

This private collection of paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture from the mid to late 20th century is being sold in a single owner sale, wisely built up over thirty years by collectors from the North East of England . Image James Hardisty

Harpley was known for his depictions of the solitary female form, and throughout his career he returned to it time and time again, whether as an acrobat, a dancer, or a girl on a swing.

Some of his bronzes are in international collections and this bronze sculpture, measuring 62cm high, has an estimate of £5,000-7,000.


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Pictured Francesca Young, Image Specialist at Tennants Auctioneers looking at works on display for sale. Screenwriter: James Hardisty
Pictured Francesca Young, Image Specialist at Tennants Auctioneers holding lot 2079 James Lawrence Isherwood FRSA, FIAL (1917-1989) “Clogs and Shawls, Wigan Rain” Signed and dated (19)71, inscribed on verso, oil on panel, 28cm by 28cm Writer: James Hardy

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