Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) | 20th Century, Drawings & Watercolors

Eight interesting works by Austin Osman Spare to be auctioned on 17 March 2016 at Christies, South Kensington, London.

Provenances include the recently deceased Robert Taylor.

Source: Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) | Netheresque | 20th Century, Drawings & Watercolors | Christie’s

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It’s wonderful how the star of AOS has risen in the last few decades. I remember in the 80s buying a framed automatic drawing by him for £50, and the shop had some tiny sketches on pieces of cardboard for a few pounds. Sadly I no longer have the piece.

Michael Staley

Is the automatic you bought a drawing originally owned by Hannen Swaffer and used to illustrate an article of his in the ‘London Mystery Magazine’? If so, it’s amongst the Spares coming up for sale at Christies on March 17th. Irrespective of that, there are some very good pictures amongst these lots, and like you I’m pleased at his work starting to gain the appreciation it deserves.