The final figures are not yet in but Morgan O’Driscoll Irish and International art auction grossed over one million euro at the RHA in Dublin this evening. Characterised by spirited bidding in the room and on the internet this was his most successful sale ever and his best result since March 2008. There were a number of bidders from the UK, when Mr. O’Driscoll held viewings last week.
The three Paul Henry’s in the sale all attracted spirited bidding. The top Henry, Evening in Achill, made a hammer price of 135,0o0. The Palladian Bridge at Wilton by Sir John Lavery made 42,000 at hammer, Louis le Brocquy’s Study towards an image of William Shakespeare made a hammer of 26,000, The Hurdy Gurdy player by Sir Walter Osborne made 36,000 at hammer, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamps, 1990 made a hammer of 37,000, Festival 2006 by Banksy made 23,000 and Andy Warhol’s Martha Graham Lamentation made 15,000 at hammer. Three Boatmen by Dan O’Neill made 23,000 and The Sage by Michael Flatley sold for 27,000. Bronze Famine Ship, a unique piece by John Behan from 2014, sold for 19,000 at hammer and Nude on a Couch by Roderic O’Conor made 17,000.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 29, 2018)