LONDON -- A masterpiece by John Constable (1776-1837), 'The Lock', long considered to be one of his most iconic compositions, fetched £9million /$13.7 million at Sotheby’s auction on Wednesday evening.
Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have no fear that this masterpiece could ever leave its British homeland to take up residence in the collection of its new -- and likely foreign -- owner.
160 years after its last appearance on the market, the monumental landscape which depicts the countryside of the painter’s “careless boyhood” was the highlight of the Old Master & British Paintings Evening sale which totaled £22.6 million/$34 Million (est. £21.8-32.6 million). It was last transacted to an English family in 1855 for £860.