£12m for a lock?
CANAL RESTORATION GROUPS might jib at an asking price of between eight and 12 million pounds for a single lock– even a wide one – but in this case, that’s just the price of a picture of a lock!
John Constable’s well-known Suffolk River Stour scene TheLock is due to go under the hammer, and that’s the price it’s expected to fetch.
Sotheby’s auction house’s British pictures expert Julian Gascoigne described it as “one of those pictures that captivates – and the more one looks, the more one sees”. But waterways experts might point out that it’s also a case of “the more one looks, the less one sees”: The lock is missing the large wooden lintels fixed across that chamber above the gates which were a characteristic feature of the Stour – believed to have been omitted by the artist to avoid blocking the view of church in the distance.
If you’re feeling rich, get along to Sotheby’s on 9 December to make your bid.