Speculation and excitement abounded in the saleroom, in anticipation of the sale of a unique painting – The Northern Girl by Yang Fei Yun (1954-), lot 8 in Chinese Paintings sale on 13th November 2018.
The painting was offered on behalf of the Roddick Charitable Foundation and is the seminal work of artist Yang Fei Yun. Fifteen minutes of bidding between many interested parties, both in the room and on ten phones saw the hammer price climb gradually. The painting’s sitter was also present for the sale, making the moment poignant as well as one of excitement. The hammer finally came down at £1.7 million, making a final total of £1,969,000 including buyer’s premium.
Out of 14 lots that have sold for over £1 million at auction outside London, Woolley & Wallis have now sold 10.