Paolozzi sculpture expected to fetch £70k

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A SCULPTURE created by the late Edinburgh artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi when he was still just a student is expected to fetch up to £70,000 when it is sold at auction later this month.

The concrete artwork, called Seagull and Fish, was conceived and created in 1946 while Paolozzi was just 22.

Paolozzi, the eldest son of Italian immigrants, trained at Edinburgh College of Art and then at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

Experts said Seagull and Fish has its origins in subjects Paolozzi observed and drew in Newhaven, on the Scottish coast, close to his native Leith.

It will be sold in Bonhams’ Modern British and Irish Art sale on May 29 in London.

Paolozzi’s 1988-89 sculpture Vulcan dominates the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh, part of the Gallery of Modern Art, which since its opening has housed the Paolozzi Gift, a collection of his works given to the gallery 1994 by Paolozzi himself.