The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction



The catalogue for the next Scottish Contemporary Art Auction on Sunday 11 March is now available for viewing online, and ahead of the sale, specialist Jenny Macleod takes us through her favourite lots.

Tell us about the sale

As usual, we have a fantastic range of artworks from Scotland’s best known artists.  Our star lot of the auction is without a doubt, Alasdair Gray’s portrait of Danielle O’Shaughnessy (lot 10) which carries an estimate of £4,000 – 6,000.  Another highlight is John Bellany’s Lilly of the Valley (lot 9A).  Creatures such as skates and puffins are classic examples of Bellany’s use of symbolism and is signed by none other than his daughter Anya.  This is one not to be missed for Bellany collectors and is offered at £3,000 – 6,000.


In addition to this, we also have works by Hamish Macdonald, John Lowrie Morrison (JOLOMO), Peter Howson, Gerard Burns, James Watt and many more.

Favourite lots 

It’s been very difficult to select a favourite this month as we have so many gems.  We have five pictures by English artist, Jason Hicklin up for auction (lots 39 – 43) and as soon as I saw them I fell in love.  They are incredibly haunting; his depiction of the iconic Battersea Power Station (lot 41) is especially atmospheric, and his use of watercolour and oil in Dorset Rainbow (lot 39) and Land’s End from Cape Cornwall (lot 40) is gorgeously illuminating.  These are offered at attractive estimates ranging from £350 – 500 to £150 – 250.


To view the online catalogue please click this link >>


How do I request a condition report and how long will it take to send to me?
For a number of our specialist sales, condition reports are provided on our website. Additional information can also be requested by clicking the 'report request' button in each lot description.

How do I pay for an item I’ve bought?
You will receive an invoice, sent by email, immediately following the completion of the auction. You can then pay by secure online payment, by bank transfer, or in person using a credit or debit card.

If I buy an item and want to pick up in person when are you open?
We are open for collection Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday 9.30am - 12 noon.

What delivery options are there?
Whilst we don’t offer an in-house service for collection and shipping, we do recommend a number of trusted local service providers. Shipping information >>

When should I expect the lot I’m interested in to come up?
The sale starts at 1pm, and we typically get through 100 lots an hour. If you are bidding live online, you can set an alarm to alert you when the live bidding begins for a lot you’re interested in. You can set an alarm for any lot from within the bidding screen once the auction begins.

What if I can’t make it to the live auction?
You can easily place a maximum bid in advance of the auction via the online catalogue on this website. You can also bid live online in realtime >> read more >>

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