Strong demand for Basil Blackshaw, the Northern Ireland artist who died earlier this month, was evident at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on May 25. There were two works by Blackshaw in the auction. Lot 92, an oil on paper entitled Farmhouse in a Landscape was estimated at 3,000-5,000 and sold for 12,500. Lot 11, an oil on canvas titled Headland II dating from 1992, was estimated at 9,000-12,000 and sold for a hammer price of 11,500.
The top lot in the sale was A Riverside Inn by Jack Butler Yeats which made 66,000. The Ferry Boat by Yeats sold for 61,000 in a sale where 80% of lots on offer found buyers. The sale total was 650,000.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 19, 2016)