Hobby Horses by Jack B Yeats sold for an above estimate 121,000 at hammer to become the top lot at Dolan’s two day sale in Clifden in Connemara. The howling gales that blew around the marquee for this high season summer auction failed to deter buyers. The Yeats, with a top estimate of 85,000, was one of a number of lots which exceeded to high estimate. Among them was Sean Keating’s Na fir an Oilean which sold for 10,500 (7,000-8,000); Kenneth Webb’s Moonlight, Galway which made 9,500 (4,000-6,000), Tony O’Malley’s Sea Studio which made 9,000 (6,000-8,000), Gerard Dillon’s Blue Jug and Easel which made 11,000 over an estimate of 5,000-10,000 and Donald Hamilton Fraser’s Orange and Blue Headland which made 9,900 over an estimate of 3,000-5,000).
A limited edition copy of Anna Livia Plurabelle signed by James Joyce and published in New York in 1928 sold for 2,000.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 27, 2015).