Lithograph Reclining Lead Figures by Henry Moore – $45,000 (£34,350) at US saleroom Skinner.

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Moore’s work, confusingly titled Lithograph Reclining Lead Figures, was offered on January 25 in an American & European Works of Art sale.

The work was acquired from the sculptor in 1953 and was offered alongside later correspondence between Moore and the owners, who queried whether it was a lithograph.

In the reply, he confirmed it was a drawing, saying: “At the time I did the drawing, I thought I could do a lithograph at some time based on this drawing. In fact, I did make a lithograph using the lower part of your drawing in 1950.”

The 11 x 9½in (29 x 24cm) work, executed in pencil, wax crayon and watercolour, was knocked down at $45,000 (£34,350), a little below the $50,000-70,000 guide. Skinner’s Kathleen Leland said: “It was a fun story to tell – provenance and authenticity work that often falls to us had been completed years before by our art-loving consignors.”


L’Avant Port de Dieppe by Gustave Loiseau – $55,000 (£41,980).

Against the same estimate, a French painting of Dieppe by Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935) took $55,000 (£41,980).

It was purchased in 1981 from the David Findlay Galleries in New York and had remained in the same family since.

The painting is deemed a fine example of Loiseau’s technique, characterised by short, interlocking brushstrokes that created an intricate, lattice-like structure.

Loiseau made at least five visits to Dieppe between 1901-29, painting numerous views of the town and its port.