Jack Vettriano's Waltzers headlines major sale of his work

A painting titled Waltzers headlined a major sale of 12 pieces by Jack Vettriano at Bonhams in Edinburgh on May 31, with a final bid of £236,500 ($349,557).

Vettriano Waltzers Bonhams
Jack Vettriano's work has been extensively reprinted in the UK

Executed in 1992, the work is typical of Vettriano's enigmatic style.

Chris Brickley, Bonhams' head of Scottish art, commented before the sale: "This is one of the most comprehensive collections of Vettriano's work ever assembled, covering all the major periods of the artist's career and giving a vivid insight into his artistic development.

"It is a private Scottish collection, and the most significant sale of Vettriano's works for about 10 years.

"It's a really extensive and impressive survey of the artist's work…and, because Jack's work is so famous in reproduction, I think people really do enjoy seeing them in the flesh."

The Road to Nowhere also sold well, achieving £218,500 ($322,952).

Vettriano is enormously popular with the British public, but critics often accuse him of lacking in substance.

His auction record stands at £744,800 ($1.1m), set for the Singing Butler - his best-known painting and one of the most heavily reproduced prints in the UK.

The collection realised £837,900 ($1.2m).

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