Dylan Lewis' Cheetah Chasing Buck realises $130,500 in London

Cheetah Chasing Buck, a sculpture by Dylan Lewis, has sold for £80,500 ($130,491) at Christie's in London.

The piece headlined the Sporting and Wildlife Art auction, which took place on November 27.

Lewis creates works inspired by the wildlife of his native South Africa, and is best known for his big cat sculptures.

In 2007, Christie's held a dedicated Lewis sale, which realised $1.9m - of which 10% was donated to the WWF.

Cheetah Chasing Buck Lewis
The Cheetah Chasing Buck sculpture is cast in bronze

His father was Robert Lewis, a noted sculptor of birds.  

The work is one of an edition of eight - with another from the series selling for £97,250 ($157,059) at Christie's London in 2011.

Study of the Racehorse Silvo, a painting by Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959), made £45,000 ($72,945) against a £20,000 ($32,300) high estimate - an increase of 125%.

Munnings is among the most significant English painters of horses and was associated with the Newlyn School - a group of artists based in the idyllic Cornish fishing village of St Ives.

Elected president of the Royal Academy of Art in 1944, he went on to make an ill-advised valedictory speech on the radio in 1949, while noticeably intoxicated, claiming that the influence of modernism was corrupting art.

His auction record stands at $7.8m - set in 2007 for The Red Prince Mare.

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