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“A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.” – Henry Moore

MARKET INSIGHTS

  • Moore AMR 1976
  • 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.

Top Moore Sculptures at Auction

"Reclining Figure: Festival" (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 90 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 30 June 2016 for $32,766,700 USD
“Reclining Figure: Festival” (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 90 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 30 June 2016 for $32,766,700 USD
"Reclining Figure: Festival" (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 96 1/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $30,316,600 USD
“Reclining Figure: Festival” (1951), bronze with a brown patina, length 96 1/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $30,316,600 USD
"Reclining Figure" (1982), bronze with a dark brown patina, 97 x 47 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 13 November 2017 for $11,000,000 USD
“Reclining Figure” (1982), bronze with a dark brown patina, 97 x 47 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 13 November 2017 for $11,000,000 USD

Other Notable Auction Records

"Mother and Child with Apple" (1956), bronze with a brown and green patina, 28 ½ x 19 ¾ x 17 3/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 04 February 2014 for $8,168,500 USD
“Mother and Child with Apple” (1956), bronze with a brown and green patina, 28 ½ x 19 ¾ x 17 3/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 04 February 2014 for $8,168,500 USD
"Working Model for Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae" (1968), bronze with a brown patina, length 92 ¾ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $8,073,500 USD
“Working Model for Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae” (1968), bronze with a brown patina, length 92 ¾ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 07 February 2012 for $8,073,500 USD
"Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points" (1969-1970), bronze with a dark brown patina, 92 x 144 x 72 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 12 November 2015 for $7,669,000 USD
“Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points” (1969-1970), bronze with a dark brown patina, 92 x 144 x 72 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 12 November 2015 for $7,669,000 USD
"Family Group" (1946), bronze with a green patina, height 17 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 26 June 2017 for $4,915,000 USD
“Family Group” (1946), bronze with a green patina, height 17 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s London: 26 June 2017 for $4,915,000 USD

Sculptures in Museum Collections

"Reclining Figure: Circle" (1983), Bronze, cast number 1/9, 17 × 35 in. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
“Reclining Figure: Circle” (1983), Bronze, cast number 1/9, 17 × 35 in. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"Girl Seated Against a Square Wall" (1957-1958), Bronze, 42 x 33-5/8 x 28-1/8 in. The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
“Girl Seated Against a Square Wall” (1957-1958), Bronze, 42 x 33-5/8 x 28-1/8 in. The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
"Family Group" (1944), Bronze, 5 7/8 × 5 × 2 3/4 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Family Group” (1944), Bronze, 5 7/8 × 5 × 2 3/4 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
"Family Group" (1945), bronze, 7 × 4 × 2 1/2 in. The Tate, London
“Family Group” (1945), bronze, 7 × 4 × 2 1/2 in. The Tate, London
“I have always paid great attention to natural forms, such as bones, shells, and pebbles… Pebbles show Nature’s way of working stone.” – Henry Moore

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