Sheffield scenes fail to captivate London art world

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THREE paintings by Sheffield pop artist Pete McKee went unsold when they were put up for auction at Christie’s in London.

The works had been privately owned since McKee’s sell-out 22 Views of Sheffield show at The Bowery on Devonshire Street in 2008.

One depicted a gig by the Human League at legendary West Street nightspot The Limit, another showed fans queueing to see Pulp and the third showed LPs by Sheffield bands stacked in a city record shop.

The sale on Tuesday was the first time any of McKee’s works had ever gone under the hammer rather than being sold traditionally by a gallery or via commission, and the paintings had been given a pre-sale estimate of £2,000 to £3,000 each.

But today a Christie’s spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately, the three paintings went unsold.”

Neil Roberts, head of the Pop Culture Department at Christie’s, had warned before the sale: “This will be the first time any of Pete McKee’s works have ever appeared at auction, so it will be a test.”

McKee’s latest London show was well received by buyers.