In 2004 Jack Vettriano’s painting of The Singing Butler set a record price for a Scottish painting. It sold for £744,500. Samuel Peploe’s Still Life with Coffee Pot might beat this record at auction in May. Auctioneer Christie’s have put an estimate of £1.2 million on the work. It is described as a rare early work by Peploe , the most famous Scottish Colourist . Four other paintings by Peploe will also be in the auction. The Singing Butler is Vettriano’s most famous and successful image . It has been published as a poster and a canvas print
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
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 Â£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.