With their crude cartoon-like style in rough Biro, little about these two drawings would lead you to believe they’re worth a whopping £16250., But that’s what they’ve just sold for – and all because they were created by the magical pen of renowned British artist LS Lowry . Looking at the works, they could easily be mistaken for the work of an eight-year-old rather than a revered painter. But it’s thanks to that fact that they are clearly signed and dated with his initials of ‘LSL’ that they are worth thousands of pounds. The drawings are just two of ten works on paper by Lowry which fetched £177375, at a Bonhams auction on Wednesday. Read more: L.S. Lowry’s 125th Birthday: Artist celebrated with Google doodle Two simplistic sketches of country landscapes, which show little more than vague outlines, sold for £8125, and £9375., And a typical urban image that is instantly recognisable as Lowry, called Factory Gate, went for £80500., The piece had not been seen in public since it was created in the 1950s. BNPS
Matchless works: British artist LS Lowry was renowned for his simplistic drawings Lowry was famous for painting urban landscapes with ‘matchstick men’ in the industrial districts of North West England. His work has sometimes been characterised as a naive ‘Sunday painter’ – but it continues to be desirable among collectors and can sell for millions of pounds. Matthew Bradbury from auctioneers Bonhams, said: “The two Biro works are very spontaneous sketches, which were done in 1973, three years before he died. “They’re very commercial doodles. A lot of these sort of drawings he just did on the spur of the moment and gifted to people he knew. They weren’t made for exhibitions or sale. BNPS
Art attack: The Biro doodles have sold for a whopping Â£16250, at auction “He was certainly a lot more generous than most artists in terms of gifting artworks, it wasn’t unusual for him to even gift oil paintings to people he was close to. “Lowry had a rather cheeky sense of humour that came across in some of his sketches, he often included dogs and cats. “Later on in his career in the 1970s this type of work became more prevalent. “They certainly show another side of his personality that’s not written about a great deal. “Drawings are seen as works in their own right. They are a good way to start collecting his work, he’s such an iconic name.” Lowry died of pneumonia in 1976, aged 88, but unseen works are still being discovered from private collections.