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Henry Moore sculpture sells for nearly £1.8m

  • 26 November 2015
  • From the section England
Reclining Figure: Umbilicus Image copyright CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD
Image caption Reclining Figure: Umbilicus was purchased by an anonymous buyer

A sculpture by Henry Moore has sold at auction for £1,762,500 ($2.7m).

His abstract depiction of a human in Reclining Figure: Umbilicus was purchased by an anonymous buyer at a London auction on Wednesday evening.

LS Lowry's painting The Railway Platform fetched the second highest sum at £1,650,500 ($2.5m) in a Christie's sale of modern British and Irish art.

The auction house said five artworks were sold for more than £1m each, highlighting a "continuing demand".

They included a 1953 hand sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth, which "sparked fiercely competitive bidding" before selling for £1,426,500 ($2.2m).

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Image caption Christie's said the market for art by LS Lowry, including The Railway Platform, was "buoyant"

The other items included David Bomberg's depiction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which was bought for £1,224,900 ($1.8m) - a record auction price for a work by the artist.

Sir Stanley Spencer's painting Hilda with Bluebells was sold for £1,142,500 ($1.7m).

Born in Yorkshire in 1898, Henry Moore was one of the UK's most renowned sculptors.

Christie's added: "The market for works by LS Lowry remains buoyant."

The highest auction price paid for a Lowry artwork was £5.6m for The Football Match in 2011.

Another of his railway-themed paintings, known as Station Approach, Manchester, was sold last year for £2.3m.

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Image caption Five artworks sold for more than £1m each at the auction

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