Bidders can buy Irish art on-line at the third sale of 124 artworks underway at Morgan O’Driscoll’s. The internet auction runs until January 30 at 7 p.m. Heres how it works: from one to 500 euro bids increase by 20 euro, from 500 to 1,000 bids go up by 50 euro and over 1,000 each bid adds 100 euro.
As an example a 200 euro bid on a lot with an existing bid of 100 euro will come appear on screen as a current bid of 120. If another bidder comes along bids will be added automatically on behalf of the 200 euro bidder. Should 200 euro be exceeded the 200 euro bidder will be notified by e-mail. A bid at 7 p.m. on January 30 will open the lot up for another five minutes, the under-bidder will be notified and a subsequent bid will open the lot for another three minutes.
A work by Mildred Ann Butler on Morgan O’Driscoll’s first on-line sale which ended on November 7 illustrates what can happen next. The lot had been bid to 460 at 7 p.m. It was followed by a number of subsequent bids before being sold at 7.25 p.m. for 1,600. Here are some examples from the current sale, which can be viewed on-line or at Morgan O’Driscoll’s premises in Skibbereen, west Cork: