Top lot was a small pierced oval alabaster carving by Hepworth made in 1963, but reminiscent of her early work inspired by the pebbles she found on the Norfolk beach she visited with Henry Moore in the 1930s.Estimated at £50,000, it sold to London dealer Richard Green for £393,200.Bath dealer Anthony Hepworth, who recently published a catalogue raisonné of Vaughan’s work, says the high level of interest can be partly attributed to the greater degree of awareness created by the centenary of Vaughan’s birth this year.A major exhibition at Pallant House in Chichester has been accompanied by solo exhibitions at Agnew’s and at Hepworth’s gallery, and will be followed by an exhibition and new book on the artist to be launched in November by the Osborne Samuel gallery in Mayfair.These ranged from figure drawings and landscapes priced from £1,200 upwards at the Belgrave Gallery to small oil paintings such as Village at Sunrise (pictured) sold by Agnew’s for £45,000 (illustrated).
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But it sold to a private Dutch collector for £1.76 million, three times the estimate and a record for an early Goya.