ProvenanceChristie's New York, Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale, 6 November 2008, lot 323
Phillips London, Evening & Day Editions Sale, 11 June 2015, lot 18
Private Collection, California
LiteratureA. Bowness, ed., Henry Moore, Sculpture and Drawings 1955-64, London, 1986, vol. 3, p. 53, no. 493a (another cast illustrated)
J. Hedgecoe, A Monumental Vision, The Sculpture of Henry Moore, London, 1998, p. 226, no. 457 (another cast illustrated in color, p. 227)
Henry Moore’s market for top sculptural works has seen significant activity since 2016 when Reclining Figure: Festival (1951) set the world record price for a work at auction, selling for $32,766,700.
Although Henry Moore was a prolific artist in a variety of media, his sculptures are the most desirable and will likely continue to see a rise in value as the supply of important bronzes continues to decrease.
The graph by Art Market Research shows that since 1976, Henry Moore sculptures have increased at a 4.9% annual rate of return.