Henry Moore’s sculptures fetch nearly £1m

Henry Moore and Lauren Bacall
Henry Moore and Lauren Bacall

Bronze sculptures by Castleford-born Henry Moore - which were owned and treasured until her recent death by Hollywood star Lauren Bacall - sold for nearly £1 million at an auction on Tuesday.

Working Model For Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt – which Miss Bacall acquired from the late Mr Moore in October 1979 – sold for $1,061,000 (£662,934) at the auction at Bonhams in New York.

Then moments later, Maquette For Mother And Child: Arms, which Miss Bacall acquired from Mr Moore in March 1978, sold for $281,000 dollars (£175,574).

Henry Moore was born at Roundhill Road, Castleford, on July 30,1898. His father,Raymond Moore,was under manager at the Wheldale Colliery in Castleford.

After visiting Henry Moore in England, Lauren Bacall, sent an appreciative letter, which begins: “Dear Mr Moore,There is no way possible to articulate my feelings after my visit to Much Haddam. Since then and my return to New York I have thought and thought of that day.”

Auctioneers Bonhams said: “Lauren Bacall became interested in Moore in the 1950s in California. Many years later, after a meeting with Robert Lewin of the Brook Street Gallery in London, Miss Bacall was encouraged to contact the artist......Moore was delighted to show Miss Bacall his work and the studios. From that point on, any time Bacall was in London, she would call on Moore, most often with one of her sons.

Miss Bacall recalled after buying many maquettes and the large reclining figure: ‘I am surrounded by Henry Moore in my daily life and I feel his strength and vitality always’.”

Miss Bacall’s film career included starring in To Have and Have Not with future husband Humphrey Bogart. He died in 1957. Miss Bacall died in August aged 89.