Half a million pounds on offer for a Barbara Hepworth piece
DO you have a work by Barbara Hepworth sitting around at home? If you do, and you're happy to part with it, a Penzance auctioneer and valuer could pay you up to £500,000.
Barnes Thomas, from Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers in Chapel Street, said he has been approached by "an international collector" who is desperate to get hold of a piece by the much-admired artist.
Barbara Hepworth lived in St Ives before she died in a fire in her studio in 1975, aged 72.
Mr Thomas said: "Hepworth was not particularly prolific and it is not easy to find examples of her work which owners are prepared to part with; although I know there are quite a lot of examples of her work in the county.
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"I have a client who is willing to spend up to £500,000 – indeed I've only just unsuccessfully offered someone in St Ives that amount.
"It is not an easy quest. In the past few years there has been growing demand for her work but I would appeal for anyone who is willing to part with a Hepworth, or who knows someone who might be, to get in touch."
Mr Thomas added his commission showed there was considerable demand for work by local artists.
"In the wider context, I think it is interesting people are coming to west Cornwall to acquire works by the fabulous artists who have or are working here."
Barbara Hepworth, who was born in 1903 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, was a leading light in the development of British Modernism, particularly in sculpture. Married twice – to the sculptor John Skeaping and the painter Ben Nicholson – she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1965.
She moved to St Ives in 1949, where she spent the rest of her life; the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden opened a year after her death.
If you have any information about a Barbara Hepworth sculpture which might be for sale, contact Barnes Thomas on 01736 368203.