A Public Auction of Private Art Works

A Public Auction of Private Art Works focused on the 'restaging' of an auction held in 1949 at Kimbolton Castle, then home to the Duke of Manchester. At this sale the entire contents of the castle went under the hammer (1,246 lots) leaving only the auction catalogue as a reminder.

I used this catalogue to inspire new commissioned works by invited contemporary artists and designers and to provide a focus for projects with pupils at Kimbolton School, now housed in the castle. Each invited artist chose a lot from the original sale list and created a work in response to it.

The new commissioned pieces were shown alongside paintings from the original Manchester collection in the staterooms of Kimbolton Castle for one viewing week and sold at public auction on Sunday, June 24, 2001. The actual sale will took place at the Castle and was also webcast live from this site. .

The project was managed by myself and Commissions East and supported by East England Arts.


Nina Pope July 2001

all images Howard Sooley unless otherwise stated