A Lowry painting is expected to sell for between £4 to £6 million when it goes on auction next month at Christie’s in London

Prior to the auction the painting Sunday Afternoon will be on public display for the first time in 57 years

Phillip Harley, senior director at Christie’s, said: “Sunday Afternoon by LS Lowry will return to the public eye at Christie’s for the first time since it was last seen here 57 years ago.

“This important painting has remained in the collection of Sir Keith and Lady Showering since 1967, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire a work of this magnitude and scale.

“The composition represents the wonder the artist felt as he recorded his many observations of the evolving society around him.

“We are thrilled to bring Sunday Afternoon back to auction in the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale. We look forward to welcoming our clients and visitors alike to view the painting when it goes on free display in London on 13 March.”

The painting was previously sold by the auction house in 1967 for a “record price”.

The artwork was obtained from the collection of Keith Showering, who was a former chief executive officer of Europe’s biggest drinks business, Allied Breweries.

Lowry’s painting will be on public display at Christie’s in London from March 13 to 20.


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