LS Lowry Going to the Match 1953 Professional Footballers’ Association, on loan to The Lowry Collection, Salford © The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015

Lowry successfully bids £7.8m to keep Going to the Match painting

Featured Image – LS Lowry Going to the Match 1953 -Professional Footballers’ Association, on loan to The Lowry Collection, Salford – The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015


  • The painting by LS Lowry was up for auction at Christie’s in London last week
  • The bid was made possible with the help of The Law Family Charitable Foundation
  • It has been on display at The Lowry for 22 years and thanks to the winning bid it will continue to be displayed there from Friday 25th November

The Lowry has successfully bid to buy and keep LS Lowry’s Going to the Match painting at an auction at Christie’s.

The painting will return to The Lowry for display from Friday 25th November.

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With the aid of The Law Family Charitable Foundation, the Lowry was able to return the painting to their collection.

Head of the foundation, Andrew Law, said that he and his wife, Zoë, were “delighted to have facilitated The Lowry’s purchase of Going to the Match.

“This LS Lowry painting belongs in Salford on public view, close to his birthplace, where he was educated and where he lived. Place matters.

“LS Lowry’s depiction of people attending a football match is just one of his many incredible genres of work, but it is undoubtedly his most iconic.”

The painting, which depicts footballers, was sold to the Professional Footballers’ Association in 1999 for £1.9m and has been displayed at the Lowry for the last 22 years as part of the world’s largest collection of LS Lowry’s works.

“We look forward to bringing it home to Salford”

Julia Fawcett OBE, CEO of The Lowry

After the PFA decided to sell the painting, it was unclear whether it would continue to be displayed for the public or bought by a private collector.

This led to the Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, asking for help of anybody who could assist in raising the funds to put in a bid at the auction.

He also placed an export ban on the painting to allow time for the funds to be raised.

After the purchase of the painting, Paul Dennett said: “I am delighted our campaign to save this critical and important painting has successfully resulted in The Lowry securing it  tonight”

“This painting was created in the north and belongs in the north and thanks entirely to the generosity of the Law family it is coming home to Salford where it should be.

“It is so important to have this iconic piece of art on view to the public for generations to come and I will be delighted to welcome it back.”

Going to the Match will be displayed alongside the rest of the LS Lowry collection in a gallery that is free to all visitors.

CEO of the Lowry, Julia Fawcett OBE said “We know visitors will be coming in large numbers in the coming months to view this iconic and much-loved work of art, and we can’t wait to welcome them.”