LS Lowry’s The Football Match Painting Sold for $9.1 Million at Christie’s

LS Lowry's The Football Match Painting LS Lowry’s The Football Match Painting Having not been seen in public for almost 20 years, The Football Match, 1949, by Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A. (1887-1976), has sold for £5.6 million ($9.1 million). An exceptionally rare depiction of one of Britain’s most popular sports, football (soccer), by one of the country’s most iconic British artists, was bought at 20th Century British & Irish Art, an auction at Christie’s in London (26 May), setting a new world record for the artist. Christie’s described the painting as a modern masterpiece. Lowry, who died in 1976 at the age of 88, was known for his simple depictions of working-class life. He painted largely in his spare time while working for the Pall Mall Property Company in Manchester, but still achieved recognition during his life.