The Novelist by Jack B. Yeats sold for 95,000 after the James Adam Irish art sale in Dublin on March 28. The 1944 painting, which had been estimated at 100,000-150, attracted keen interest but was bid to a figure short of the reserve. It was sold the following day. This brought the total for the auction of over 200 lots to just under 500,000.
More than 70 per cent of the lots on offer were sold. The Novelist was in a number of international exhibitions including the Yeats centenary exhibition of 1971 organised by the National Gallery of Ireland shown in Dublin, Belfast and New York.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 21, 2012).