A painting of London’s Abbey Road, popular with the Beatles crowd, sold for more than 37,000 pounds ($ 51,500) at an auction that saw frenzied competition between bidders.
The value of the painting belonging to the neighborhood, which houses a studio in which the legendary British band was recording its work, exceeded the estimates (between £ 1000 and 2000), in this auction, which was allocated to London street paintings, and lasted two weeks.
And more than 270 paintings were sold in the name of the Westminster Circuit Council, which includes a large part of central London, for a total amount of 143,517 pounds (200,000 dollars), after arousing the appetite of bidders from Australia and Canada, passing through Europe. The panels show the street name in black, with a red zip code, and were designed by the architect and designer Misha Black in 1967. The design of the panels is protected by intellectual protection, and its imitation is prohibited in all parts of the world. “I was very surprised by the interest that the auction raised, and the bids from the whole world,” commented auction commissioner Catherine Southton. She explained that “many people made performances because of their personal association with a street, either because they worked on it or lived in it, or because the paintings were in some cases linked to their names.” Two of the paintings were sold to Eten Palace in West London, for £ 2,728 ($ 3,800) each.
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