Laurence Stephen Lowry was only a part time British painter who died in 1976, but his work continues to set auction records. Last night at Christie’s in London his painting of a soccer match with hundreds of tiny figures, surrounded by factories and smoke stacks sold for $9.2m, more than ever paid for a Lowry creation.
Although painting only in his spare time during his working life, he was so successful Queen Elizabeth tried to give him a Knighthood, but he turned it down. He explained he saw little point in receiving awards after his mother died.
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