Hodgkin’s Wildly Eclectic Collection

More than 400 items drawn from the collection of the late artist Howard Hodgkin will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s London this autumn. Lots in the sale, scheduled for 24 October, include a painting by Patrick Caulfield (Sweet Bowl, 1966; est £300,000- £500,000); 18th-century Ottoman candlesticks (est £3,000-£4,000) and a bust of King George II by John Michael Rysbrack (1739; est £80,000-£120,000). The diverse collection—encompassing Turkish, Indian and Islamic tiles, calligraphy, Mughal treasures, sandstone reliefs, Persian carpet fragments, and Renaissance pietra dura pieces—filled the Georgian house he shared with Antony Peattie, his partner of 33 years, near the British Museum. Numerous elephant prints and objects linked to the crime writer Agatha Christie will also be auctioned.

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