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The Singing Butler ( part 2 ) – Jack Vettriano classic image

A sketch by Jack Vettriano of his most famous image , The Singing Butler , has sold at auction for just under £40,000. The money goes to the St Andrews University Students Charity fund . Vettriano produced the sketch in under an hour during a masterclass at the University a few years ago .

Mr Vettriano and the university principal Dr Brian Lang decided to offer the sketch to the students to sell after hearing of their fund-raising efforts.

It sold for £39,650, almost double its estimated price, when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Scottish pictures sale at Gleneagles Hotel.

The picture was bought by a UK private collector after a bidding battle.

The painting is now playing a starring role in Vettriano’s retrospective on show at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow

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New record for Gino Severini’s painting Danseuse

A new world auction record was set when the rendition of a dancer painted by the Italian Gino Severini in 1915 climbed to £15.04 million, making it the most expensive Futurist work ever auctioned. “Everything is in movement, everything rushes forward, everything is in constant swift change,” the 1910 Futurist Manifesto proclaimed. In contrast to French Cubism, which influenced Futurism but was static, Severini’s “Danseuse” gives the impression of being caught in a swirling movement. The light tonalities distinguish it from the severe compositions of Braque and Picasso in their early Cubist phase.

Severini’s “Danseuse” has a significant place in the history of Modern art in the United States. The famed New York dealer Alfred Stieglitz received it from the Italian artist for his 1917 one-man show. More giclee prints

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Black Stockings by Sue Howells

Sue Howells was recently named as the UK’s best selling artist in succession to such illustrious names as Jack Vettriano and Beryl Cook . Sue has been active in the market place for several years, and now has a reputation as one of the top selling artists in the UK, providing work for Harrods and John Lewis, as well as for galleries abroad – from the USA to New Zealand. She also provides paintings for TV programs and advertisements. Sue Howells is inspired by artists such as LS Lowry, John and Paul Nash and Auguste Macke

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Art reaches new heights

Andre Zlattinger is a senior director in the British paintings department at Sotheby’s and, as head of Scottish sales, handled record-breaking auctions such as Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler. In his spare time he is a keen mountaineer and last month he was on the edge of Everest’s “death zone”, preparing to strike out for the mountain’s summit on an expedition to raise funds for the hospital where his mother was treated for cancer before her death.He’s a regular visitor to the Highlands and Islands, and has also climbed in the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas. On 1 May, Sotheby’s latest Edinburgh sale netted more than £4 million. From the Everest base camp, a delighted Mr Zlattinger said it showed the “real depth” of the Scottish market and “renewed interest in the Glasgow school“. He will be back in Scotland for his firm’s sale at Gleneagles in August.

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Sue Howells crowned Britain’s best selling artist

Artist Sue Howells has been named the best selling published artist in Brexit by the International Arts and Framing Industry Annual Awards in Bristol.
Winners from previous years include best selling artists Beryl Cook and Jack Vettriano, who have gone on to become massive successes in the art scene .
Sue is inspired by artists such as LS Lowry, John and Paul Nash and Auguste Macke.
Sue said: “It was just like an Oscar or Bafta event with gold envelopes and lots of build up.”
She has often been in the top ten of the “art charts” published by leading art magazine Art Business Today.
“Nothing in my pictures is real, everything is off-kilter, which generates energy and seems to appeal,” said Sue from her studio in Harborne .
60-year-old Sue took up art classes at the local adult education centre as a hobby. Best selling art

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Chelsea owner buys Lucien Freud painting

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich bought two paintings that were sold at record-breaking auctions last week, according to reports.
Lucian Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping sold for £17.2m on Tuesday, followed by Francis Bacon’s Triptych, which fetched £43m just 24 hours later.
The Art Newspaper quoted sources saying the London-based Russian billionaire was the buyer of both paintings.
A spokesman for Mr Abramovich declined to comment.
He said: “We don’t get into personal matters.”
The life-sized Freud painting of a sleeping, naked woman, titled Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, sold for $33.6m (£17.2m) at Christie’s in New York.

Christie’s described the work, which shows Jobcentre supervisor Sue Tilley asleep on a sofa, as a “bold and imposing example of the stark power of Freud’s realism”.
It set a new world record price for a work by a living artist.

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Glasgow International Festival

The Glasgow International Festival has re-launched itself in a blaze of glory.It ran April 11–27,
Gi has evolved from an annual to a biennial event with a more ambitious international program, featuring exhibitions, performances, concerts, and talks in both traditional venues and an array of abandoned buildings around the city that even Glaswegians barely seemed to know exist.
First stop was the CCA for a solo exhibition of noted English photographer and video artist Catherine Yass’s work. Yass filmed high-wire artist Didier Pasquette’s attempt to walk the wire between the two tower blocks of the ’60s Red Road housing development in Glasgow.
At the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art was a Jim Lambie exhibition. The floor was covered with black and white sticky tape; LPs entombed in concrete blocks shaped like ice cubes were scattered around; there was a funky arrangement of brightly painted wooden chairs and small handbags “embroidered”’ with pieces of broken mirror.

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Vettriano , Art , and prints only

Another day , another interview.

Vettriano has once again expressed his opinions on a range of issues including his favourite subject – sex . He says “I paint what moves me – sexiness” He also admits to making mistakes with licensing his images and wants to stick to selling prints and posters rather than umbrellas.He has published a new book featuring his three exquisitely furnished homes, in Kirkcaldy, London and Nice; his painting techniques; his continuing obsession with women of a certain type.
He was asked if he loved his country. “I love Scotland’s landscape,” he’d replied. “But some of the people in that landscape have made it intolerable to me.”

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Artwork sold for world record price

A decorated panel set a world record for the sale of a Scottish artwork.
The White Rose and the Red Rose, by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife of celebrated Glasgow designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh , was sold at auction for £1.7m.
Another panel by the same artist, The Heart of the Rose, was also sold in the same auction at Christie’s in London and fetched £490,900.The panels were first displayed in 1902.
The person who bought the White Rose and the Red Rose panel was said to be a private US buyer.
It was decorated with paint and jewelled gesso, a type of plaster.
The work was a collaboration between Macdonald Mackintosh and her husband.
The pair cooperated in many artistic enterprises, with the wife often creating works for the interiors of her husband’s designs.