An urban landscape by the celebrated British painter L.S Lowry has realized over £2 million at Sotheby's during a sale of modern and post-war British art.
Described as "one of Lowry's most exciting works to emerge on to the market in recent years", Station Approach, Manchester sold for £2,322,500 ($3,937,717) - the sixth-highest price ever achieved for a painting by Lowry.
The work, painted in 1960, depicts the London and North Western Railway Exchange Station - one of Manchester's most famous landmarks.
Built in 1884, the station served as a hub for travellers heading to Northern cities such as Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Hull. It even survived a fire caused by bombing during the Manchester Blitz in 1940, before finally closing in 1969.
As with many of Lowry's most famous scenes, Station Approach, Manchester shows crowds of commuters surrounded by the industrial urban landscape. It also features the city's famous statue of Oliver Cromwell, which originally stood outside Manchester Cathedral.
"Lowry was a master at portraying the energy and vitality of everyday life and in Station Approach, Manchester he captures the hustle and bustle of the crowds heading home after a hard day's work - it is a superb example of Lowry at his very best," commented Frances Christie, Sotheby's Head of Modern & Post-War British Art Department.
Art collectors with an eye for Lowry's work should also be in attendance at Christie's later this month, as his 1954 painting 'Industrial Panorama' comes up for sale valued at £1.5m-2.5m ($2.5m-4.1m).
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