Illustrator Steadman is best known for his satirical work with pioneering American journalist Hunter S Thompson, including the iconic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was adapted by ex-Monty Python stalwart Terry Gilliam into a film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.
Original drawings by Steadman rarely come up for sale so it was no surprise that his picture of chefs at work in a kitchen sold for a hammer of £2,400, well above its modest estimate of £200 to £300.
Another hot seller was a 1970s Ziggy Stardust dress by legendary fashion designer Ossie Clarke. The flowing design and vivid colours were inspired by David Bowie’s famous alter-ego. Clarke, who was a close friend of artist David Hockney while still at college, produced a body of work which inspired a host of other fashion luminaries, including Yves Saint Laurent and Tom Ford.
The dress sold for a hammer of £1,200, again well above the estimate of £500 to £700. A similar example is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Works by Irish artist Graham Nuttell also proved popular. An acrylic on canvas by Knuttel of a woman holding a cat was the top seller in the auction, hammering down at £3,200.
The Cotswold Auction Company director Liz Poole said: “There were several stand-out sellers this time round. Original work by Ralph Steadman is quite rare, so there was considerable interest in the ink and wash drawing, Chefs in a Kitchen. Classic designs by Ossie Clarke and Celia Birtwell are also highly collectable, and we were thrilled to have their iconic ‘Ziggy Stardust’ dress in our sale.”