Celebrated artist's self-portraits go under hammer
A SELF-PORTRAIT by Robert Lenkiewicz is expected to sell for £20,000 at auction next week.
Lenkiewicz, Plymouth's most celebrated and colourful modern painter, died in 2002.
The 60cm by 60cm painting simply entitled "Self Portrait" is signed twice and inscribed "Private Studio" on the back of the canvas, indicating that the painter considered it to be a prize piece.
Paul Keen, managing director of Plymouth Auction Rooms, said he considered it to be one of the finest self portraits he has been instructed to sell in recent years.
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"There is high demand for self-portrait works by Lenkiewicz, particularly from UK collectors, and we would expect a painting of this quality and size to sell in the region of £20,000," Mr Keen said.
The auction at the Plymouth Auction Rooms in Cattedown is today at 6pm.
The painting is lot 50 and will be followed by another Lenkiewicz work, "Self Portrait in Private Studio", which has a guide price of £10,000.
The auction will feature almost 100 paintings and prints, including a collection of works by Plymouth's Dr Brian Pollard.
Pollard is considered to be the most popular naive artist in the west of Britain, and the sale includes early views of the Barbican, showing sunny days with figures and balloons. Estimates range from £300 to £600.