BROUGHT TO BOOK
Almost 1,000 lots will come under the hammer at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of rare books, literature, manuscripts and sporting collectibles in Dublin on May 30.
Sporting memorabilia includes a 1958 letter from Matt Busby to a Mrs Doyle in Sandyford, thanking her for her prayers in the wake of the Munich air disaster, in which he says that prayers are the only thing that turned the scales in his favour.
There are a couple of GAA medal collections and an official 1920 Croke Park Bloody Sunday match ticket. The sale is on view in Castlecomer next Wednesday and at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin from Sunday week.
Viewing gets under way at the RDS next Saturday for Whyte’s sale of Irish and International art on May 29 at 6pm. The most expensively-estimated lot is William Scott’s Blue Still Life from the 1960s.
From the Mcclelland Collection, it has been on loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art for the past eight years. The estimate is 400,000600,000.
Teddy Bear Skiing (2016) by Patrick O’reilly was the top lot at Morgan O’driscoll’s online auction on Monday evening.
The unique bronze sculpture made a hammer price of €7,000. John Kingerlee’s Farewell (2015) made €4,600 at hammer and
Flight by Louis le Brocquy made €2,600.
The catalogue for Morgan O”driscoll’s affordable online sale of Irish art which runs until next Monday evening, is now online.
Constantin Brancusi’s La Muse Endormie, which featured on these pages a couple of weeks ago, sold for a world record price of $57.3m (€51.7m) at Christie’s in New York last Monday evening.
It went to a client in the room after a nine minute bidding battle.
The Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale, at which 43 lots were sold, brought in $288.1m.
Teddy Bear Skiing, 2016, by Patrick O’reilly, made a hammer price of €7,000 at Morgan O’driscoll’s online auction.