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An LS Lowry painting depicting a cricket game has just sold at auction for £1.2m

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 19/06/2019 Alexandra Rucki
a man standing in front of a television: A Cricket Game by LS Lowry sold for nearly £1.5m last night during auction. © Sotheby's A Cricket Game by LS Lowry sold for nearly £1.5m last night during auction.

A rare LS Lowry painting depicting a cricket game has sold at auction for nearly £1.2m.

The work, which Lowry called A Cricket Match, features children playing a game on the back streets of Salford.

Lowry created the painting in 1938 and he gives the children centre stage, contrasting with the dilapidated buildings in the background.

It is only one of a handful of paintings where Lowry has turned his hand to sport.

The work first appeared on the market back in June 1996 and sold for £282,000.

It was auctioned by Sotheby's in London last night and in total fetched £1,155,000.

The auction formed part of a Modern and Post War British Art Evening Sale event, with works by Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson also being sold.

Before A Cricket Match was sold it was displayed to the public for a week at the Lowry arts centre in Salford Quays.

a group of people standing in front of a building: A Cricket Game by LS Lowry sold for nearly £1.5m last night during auction. © Sotheby's A Cricket Game by LS Lowry sold for nearly £1.5m last night during auction.

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Simon Hucker, senior specialist for modern and post-war British art at Sotheby’s, said: “This exceptional painting is both a ‘classic’ Lowry, depicting the hard life of the industrial cities at the turn of the 20th century, and also quite rare in its depiction of a cricket match, even though cricket has always been very much part of Manchester life.

“Coinciding with the run-up to the Cricket World Cup in June, this special exhibition in Lowry’s beloved Salford is a fantastic opportunity for art lovers and cricket fans alike to see a different element of Lowry’s world-view.”

Other Lowry works were also sold last night at Christies auction house after his niece Carol Ann Lowry .

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