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Lot 36. A Roman marble male torso, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D., 80cm high. Sold for £60,250/€70,447 (estimate: £40,000-60,000). Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A Roman marble male torso circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. was the top selling lot at Bonhams innovative The Male Form sale in London yesterday (16 June). The statue sold for £60,250.

Held during Pride Month, The Male Form was the first-ever sale by an international auction house dedicated exclusively to a celebration of the male form in art and spanned centuries and genres, from Antiquities and Old Master Painting to Sculpture and Decorative Arts, from Contemporary Art to Photography. It made a total of £615,438 with 80% sold by lot and 64% sold by value. More than a third of the buyers were new to Bonhams.

The sale was curated by Bonhams Greek Art Specialist Anastasia Orfanidou and Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts, Matthew Haley, who said: “We are very pleased the Male Form sale attracted so much attention and so many bidders and new buyers on the day. We set out to challenge a market that has traditionally been centred around the western concept of the male gaze. The success of the sale demonstrates there is a strong appetite for taking this different approach and we hope to make it a regular feature of the Bonhams' calendar.”

Other highlights included:

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Lot 74. Antony Gormley (British, born 1950), Body LXIV,signed, titled, dated '2016' and inscribed 'for the Terrence Higgins Trust' (on the reverse), carbon and casein on paper, 111.5 x 76cm (43 7/8 x 29 15/16in). Sold for £34,000/€39,754 (estimate: £15,000-20,000)Photo: Bonhams.

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Lot 86. Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (British, 1858-1929), By the Water's Edge, signed and dated 'H. S. Tuke/1926' (lower left); bears inscription 'By the waters edge/Henry S Tuke RA/Royal Inst Galleries/London 1926' (on a label attached to the reverse), pastel on paper, 29 x 43cm (11 7/16 x 16 15/16in). Sold for £31,500/€36,831 (estimate: £6,000-9,000)Photo: Bonhams.

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Lot 7. Tom of Finland (Finnish, 1920-1991), Untitled ('Happy Couple'), signed 'Tom' (lower left), graphite on paper, 30.5 x 22.5cm (12 x 8 7/8in). Executed in 1974. Sold for £ 29,000/€ 33,908 (estimate: £15,000-20,000)Photo: Bonhams.

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Lot 82. Basil Clavering (1910-1973) An archive of homoerotic photographs, 1950s-1960s the majority 24 x 18cm (9 1/2 x 7in), but around a third 16 x 11cm (6 1/4 x 4 1/4in). ((large quantity)). Sold for £27,500/€26,600 (estimate: £15,000-20,000)Photo: Bonhams.

Clavering was a successful businessman who owned the Gala-Royale cinema chain. More as a hobby than anything else, he established a photographic studio in the basement of his Pimlico home, with his friend John Charles Parkhurst (1927-2000). Both men had served in the Navy, and they were drawn to the military men around the Hyde Park and Chelsea barracks, whom they paid to model for them. 

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Lot 53. Lord Frederick Leighton (British, 1830-1896), A bronze figure of 'The Sluggard', the nude male stretching, on canted square base, inscribed THE SLUGGARD, and signed Fred Leighton, and with inscribed foundry marks, FOUNDED BY J. W. SINGER & SONS, FROME SOMERSET52cm high (20in high). Sold for £20,250/€ 23,677 (estimate: £4,000-6,000)Photo: Bonhams.