The auction was led by a record for pioneering light artist Chris Levine as his strikingly modern portrait of Queen Elizabeth II tripled its pre-sale estimate of £50 000-80 000 when the hammer wen down at £187 500.

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The image of Queen Elizabeth II has become an icon in its own right. During the photoshoot, the Queen was required to sit still for 8 seconds at a time, and between each exposure she closed her eyes to rest. Levine was struck by the beauty of her meditative state and snapped the shutter, resulting in this powerful image.

The sale totalled £2.6 million and featured works by L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth all achieving strong results.

Hockney continues to be hot as a number of prints by David Hockney sold for a combined £156 500, against an estimate of £49 800-70 200.

Robin Cawdron-Stewart, Head of Sale, said: ''When the sale first started in 2014, it was something that no other auction house here in Britain had really done before – looking at the broader picture of British arts and crafts over the past century and celebrating this diversity and creativity. The results seen today reflect how these British artists are now being celebrated on an international scale, with collectors responding to works at every price level.''

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