Nicholson's rooftop view is bought for £283,250
An oil and pencil drawing by one of the St Ives Society of Artists' most famous names has sold at auction for four times its estimated sale value.
St Ives Rooftops (Salubrious) was created by Ben Nicholson during a tumultuous period for the artist.
It was executed in the autumn of 1951, the year in which Nicholson and fellow artist Barbara Hepworth divorced – a time of personal upheaval for them both.
The work depicts the view from Nicholson's new home and consequently a new perspective of St Ives, showing the uneven arrangement of rooftops in front of the sea.
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It sold for £283,250 at a sale at auction house Bonhams last week, which was much higher than its pre-sale estimate price of between £60,000 and £100,000.