A rare earthenware ceramic cat made by David Hockney in 1955 sold for an astonishing £33,600 at Bonhams
today (20 April) against a pre sale estimate of £5,000 -7,000.
Although Hockney experimented with ceramics in his youth, the works rarely appear at auction and the subject matter a rather startled looking cat is in interesting contrast to the artists famous love of dogs.
A rare, signed proof copy of the lithograph, An Image of Celia, in the original frame, hand painted by the artist, and dating from the mid-1980s sold for £66,000. The Picasso-like image of Hockneys close friend, and muse, the textile designer Celia Birtwell, had an estimate of £60,000- 80,000.
An early work, the lithograph Fires of Furious Desire - The Most Beautiful Boy in the World of 1963 was sold for £14,260 (pre-sale estimate £6,000-8,000).
Moving Focus Walking Past Two Chairsfrom the mid 1980s, which had been estimated at £20,000-30,000, was sold for £50,400.
Winter Road near Kilhaman Inkjet printed computer drawing from 2008 (£10,000-15,000) made £21,080.
In total the sale made £634,890 with 92% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.