VIEWING ART PHYSIVCALLY IS IMPERATIVE

THE REAL THING MUCH BETTER THAN IMAGES

THE RIDE TO CENTRAL LONDON IS SHORT AND ABOUT 25 MINUTES, TAKE AWAY ONE OR TWO MINUTES. PLENTY OF PEOPLE ON THE TUBE AS WE CALL THE UNDERGROUND HERE AND OXFORD STREET WITH EVEN MORE PEOPLE AND CROWDS SHOPPING FOR NOW AND CHRISTMAS. I DO NOT LIKE CROWDS ANY MORE AND I GET TIRED VERY EASILY. ABOUT 12.00 O’CLOCK AND WE ARE IN BONHAMS ON BOND STREET LOOKING AT THE PRINTS ON THE MAJOR SHOROOM OF THEIRS.

VERY QUIET AS IT IS EARLY BUT INDEED VERY QUIET FOR THE PRINTS SALE VIEWING AND THE GREEK SALE FURTHER DOWN. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN ANY GREEK SALE WOULD HAVE ATTRACTED NOT ONLY MANY GREEKS FROM THE UK AND GREECE BUT ELSEWHERE TOO. THAT IS NOW REFLECTED IN THE NUMBER OF PIECES OF ART ON OFFER AND ALSO THE ESTIMATES ON MOST OF THE ITEMS. INDEED VERY LOW AND BEGGING BARGAIN HUNTERS.

PLENTY TO LIKE BUT NOT THE TOP LOTS EXCEPT THE SCULPTURE BY SKLAVOS, WHICH DESERVES THE FRONT COVER ILLUSTRATION. I AM HOPEFUL IT WILL SELL BUT THE GREEK MARKET IS IN SUCH POOR STATE THAT ONE HAS TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS. I LIKE A NUMBER OF PAINTINGS BUT I WILL STOP AT JUST ONE OR TWO WHICH SHOUT

QUALITY, ARTIST AND BARGAIN SALE

LOT 25, YIANNIS SPYROPOULOS EST. 5- 8000 POUNDS

THE SPYROPOULOS PAINTING IS WELL MAINTAINED AND HAS A PROVENANCE OF A GALLERY IN NEW YORK. THE SIZE ( 60 X 80 CM) IS VERY IMPORTANT AND THE WORK OOZES QUALITY. AT THE ESTIMATE IT IS CATALOGUED WITH, IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO INVEST IN.

FURTHER DOWN THE SHOWROOM OF BONHAMS AND STANDING NEXT TO EACH OTHER ARE TWO MORE PIECES BY SPYROPOULOS BUT FROM HIS ABSTRACT PERIOD OF THE 1950S-60S WHICH IS ALSO THE PERIOD THAT MANY COLLECTORS GO FOR AND HAVE ALREADY PAID HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FOR IT. I FIND THESE PIECES INTERESTING BUT FOR ME, THE LANDSCAPE OF SPYROPOULOS HAS THAT SOMETHING OF CUBIST TONES OF THE 1900S.

LOT 62 YIANNIS SPYROPOULOS 6- 8000

LOT 62 IS OBVIOUSLY A DIFFERENT STYLE AND PERIOD PLUS SMALLER THAN THE TOP ONE. YET MORE DESIRABLE AND INVESTORS PREFER IT.

BOTH PAINTINGS ARE BARGAINS COMPARED TO EARLIER PRICES PAID FOR THE ARTIST BUT THOSE WERE DIFFERENT DAYS AND TIMES.

PETER CONSTANT

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