The Irish Times

Yeats the top seller at RDS sale

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The last big Irish art auction of 2015 provided further confirmati­on of renewed confidence and increased market demand. Morgan O’ Driscoll Auctioneer­s said 79 per cent of lots sold in Monday night’s auction at the RDS.

As expected, the top price was achieved for a 1949 painting titled Business by Jack B Yeats, once part of the Jefferson Smurfit Group corporate collection, that made ¤210,000, within the estimate of ¤200,000-¤300,000. It was bought by an Irish buyer who lives overseas and who had returned to Dublin for the auction.

Killary Bay, Connemara, a mid-1920s painting by Paul Henry, sold for ¤97,000 (¤80,000-¤120,000) to an Irish buyer “living in Dublin” who was also in the saleroom.

Reflection­s of Positano 1 by Michael Flatley sold for ¤34,000, also within estimate (¤30,000-¤50,000) to an English collector who had seen the painting during a preview of the auction in London.

Speaking afterwards, auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll said “quite a few lots” had sold to London-based buyers.

He is the only one of the leading Irish art auctioneer­s who holds viewings in London. For full results see morganodri­scoll.com

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