A large bronze sculpture of a horse and rider by Dame Elisabeth Frink fetched £566,500 at an auction this week of modern and post-war British art at Sotheby’s in London.
The work carried a pre-auction estimate of £600,000 to £800,000
Frink, who died in 1993 at the age of 63, conceived the work in 1974 and cast the bronze in 1975. It is the second from an edition of three, plus an artist’s cast.
The work stands 2.44 metres (96 inches) tall.
It was offered from the collection of Milton Ginsburg, who has held it since 1979.
British-born Frink achieved great popularity through her monumental figurative sculptures and obtained important public commissions in both Britain and the United States.
One of the casts of the Horse and Rider stands on public display in Dover Street, Mayfair, London, just off London’s Piccadily.
Frink was fascinated by the concept of horse and rider.
She had ridden as a youngster in Suffolk, but with her move to the south of France in 1967 for a time, discovered the horses of the Camargue, which brought a new strand of understanding to her interpretation of the subject.