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    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    Andy Warhol – Self Portrait (1963-64).

    A work from Andy Warhol’s first series of self-portraits comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in London on June 28. In the early 1960s the Pop art pioneer achieved renown for his candid portrayals of luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.

    Self-Portrait, 1963-64, represents the moment that Warhol stepped out from behind the camera and into the glare of its flashbulb – and the moment that Warhol the icon was born. This was a turning point that reverberated throughout his oeuvre. Created when Warhol was 35 years old, Self-Portrait will be offered at auction for the first time, 30 years after the artist’s death in 1987.

    Self-Portrait was created using images taken in a New York photo-booth. The use of such unconventional source material was, at this time, fiercely innovative, and added to the aura of technical invention that already surrounded this artist, who had pioneered the use of silkscreen printing in art only a couple of years previously. The work is estimated at £5-7 million.


    Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

    THE focus is on modern and contemporary art and design at the New York spring debut of TEFAF.  The European Fine Art Fair will be at the Park Avenue Armoury from May 4-8 with an opening preview on May 3.  The fair will feature 92 of the world’s most illustrious dealers who specialize in Modern and Contemporary Art and Design. In addition, a small number of dealers will exhibit jewelry, African & Oceanic art, and antiquities. The inclusion of African & Oceanic works and classical antiquities will cement the coherent aesthetic that is popular among contemporary and modern collectors.

    TEFAF New York Spring follows the successful first edition of TEFAF New York Fall, launched in October 2016 at the Park Avenue Armory, concentrating on fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920. Both TEFAF New York Fairs are an important expansion of the TEFAF portfolio, providing an additional platform for today’s collectors and museums. Among the world-class dealers exhibiting are:  Acquavella Galleries, Applicat-Prazan, Di Donna, Richard Green, Hauser & Wirth, Paul Kasmin, Sean Kelly, Eykyn Maclean, Helly Nahmad, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Perrotin, Christophe van de Weghe, White Cube and David Zwirner. Here is a small selection:

    Doric Light by Sean Scully at Richard Green

    Campbell’s Elvis by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) at White Cube

    Homage to the Square by Josel Albers (1888-1976) at David Zwirner

    T1962 H27 by Hans Hartung (1904-1989) at Galerie Perrotin



    Monday, December 5th, 2016
    Paul Henry - Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    Paul Henry – Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    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 for November 29, 2018)


    Monday, May 23rd, 2016

    warhol basquiatA monumental painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol from the collection of Elton John and David Furnish comes up at Sotheby’s in Paris on June 7.  The two artists first met in a café in 1980, when Basquiat boldly approached Warhol – his idol who was then at the peak of his glory. This encounter led to a series of collaborations in the early 1980s, including this untitled work estimated at €700,000-1,000,000. Basquiat, overwhelmed by his own celebrity, saw Warhol as a protective alter-ego, while Warhol was captivated by the creative energy of his protégé.  Sir Elton John met Warhol on numerous occasions.

    In 2003 Sothebys London sold the contents of Elton John’s apartment to the great enthusiasm of numerous fans. Over the years the British singer and his husband David Furnish have built up an extensive collection of contemporary art by iconic artists of the last five decades: Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, but also Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, their friend Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel. Both visionary and inspired, the collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish is not thus only a remarkable collection by its scope and quality, but also the result of a passion which says much about them. 150 photographs from the collection will be unveiled at the Tate Modern in an exhibition entitled “A Radical Eye: the Sir Elton John Collection” in November 2016.


    Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    sothebys artArt by Monet, Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Freud and Richter have been unveiled together for the first time by Sotheby’s ahead of London’s upcoming auctions of  Impressionist, Modern, Surreal and Contemporary art.  Highlights include Picasso’s ‘golden muse’, Marie Thérèse Walter (£16-20m): Lucian Freud’s deeply intimate portrait of 17-year-old lover while pregnant with daughter Bella (£7-10m); a monumental abstract canvas by the world’s most valuable living painter, Gerhard Richter (£14-20m); Matisse’s exceptional La Leçon de piano, emerging after 89 years in a private British collection  (£12-18m); Andy Warhol’s iconic Large Campbell’s Soup Can (£4.5-6.5m) and Monet’s spectacular view of the Palazzo Ducale on the Grand Canal, Venice (£12-18m).


    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

    The Brigadier, Lucian Freud’s portrait of Andrew Parker-Bowles in army dress uniform, sold for $34,885,000 at Christie’s in New York last night. The Post War and contemporary art evening sale brought in $331,809,000.  Parker-Bowles is dressed in his ceremonial uniform as a former Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry.  This is a rare portrait by Freud of a clothed sitter which has been widely acclaimed as an intensely personal portrait of a deeply private man.  Artist and sitter met through their shared love of horses.

    A Spider by Louise Bourgeois sold for $28,165,000.  These mammoth bronze sculptures have gained public and critical appreciation from Tate Modern in London to the Guggenheim in Bilbao and The National Gallery of Art in Washington. Concetto Spaziale, La Fine di Dio by Lucio Fontana made $29,173,000, an untitled Cy Twombly  work sold for $17,525,000, Four Marilyns by Andy Warhol made $36,005,000 and Little Electric Chair by Warhol made $11,589,000.

    Lucian Freud - The Brigadier

    Lucian Freud – The Brigadier

    Louise Bourgeois - Spider

    Louise Bourgeois – Spider


    Monday, September 14th, 2015

    The breadth of Andy Warhol’s work and his innovations in printmaking will be highlighted at Sotheby’s biannual prints and multiples sale in London on September 29.  The auction will feature more than 30 lots by the artist – 89 prints in total – comprising both single works and complete sets.  There are two private collections, one a private Slovakian collection, the other from the family of Hermann Wunsche, which offer insight into Warhol’s importance in Europe.   Wunsche co-ordinated the first catalogue raisonne of Warhol’s editions which was published in Germany in 1980.

    Goethe The complete portfolio, comprising four screenprints in colours, 1982 (£60,000-80,000).

    The complete portfolio, comprising four screenprints in colours, 1982 (£60,000-80,000).

    The Star Screenprint in a unique combination of colours, 1981, from Myths (£25,000-35,000)

    The Star
    Screenprint in a unique combination of colours, 1981, from Myths (£25,000-35,000)

    Cowboys and Indians The complete set, comprising ten screenprints in colours, 1986 (£130,000-180,000)

    Cowboys and Indians
    The complete set, comprising ten screenprints in colours, 1986 (£130,000-180,000)


    Friday, July 17th, 2015
    Andy Warhol's One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate) selling for £20.9 million.

    Andy Warhol’s One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate) selling for £20.9 million.

    A significant growth in online transactions including a 28% increase in online bidders so far in 2015 was reported by Sotheby’s today.  In what has been a good season for the auction house there has been  a 45% increase in the number of lots purchased online and a 35% increase in value spent by online buyers this year.

    The Impressionist and Modern Art sales series in London achieved a 40% rise compared to the values of 2014 and Contemporary Art sales are 30% up in value terms. The Impressionist and Modern sale recorded an increase of 20% in geographical reach and 20% of Contemporary Art buyers were new to this category.  In the Old Masters sales series there was a doubling in the number of buyers from Asia and an 18% increase in buyers from Russia.

    Overall there has been an increase of 30% in new buyers at Sotheby’s this year.  There has been a 51% increase in spend by Chinese buyers and a 35% increase in the number of buyers from China.


    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
    Andy Warhol - One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate) sold for £20.9 million.

    Andy Warhol – One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate) sold for £20.9 million.

    Andy Warhol’s One Dollar Bill made £20.9 million to become the top lot at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale in London tonight. Painted in 1962 it was his first dollar painting. The sale brought in £130.4 million, a 40% increase on the same sale a year ago.  However the painting billed as the highlight of the sale, a Francis Bacon Pope, did not sell and neither did two Warhol silkscreens. Nonetheless this was the highest ever total for an auction of contemporary art in Europe. Two newly discovered works by Francis Bacon made £30 million and Four Eggs on a Plate, a present from Lucian Freud to the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire made just short of one million after being chased by seven bidders.

    (See posts on for June 26, June 9 and June 1, 2015).

    Francis Bacon - Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) sold for £14.7 million.

    Francis Bacon – Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) sold for £14.7 million.

    Francis Bacon - Self-Portrait 1975 sold for £15.3 million..

    Francis Bacon – Self-Portrait 1975 sold for £15.3 million..


    Thursday, June 4th, 2015

    FROM Croke Park to Lady Di, Irish rugby to The Beatles, Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on June 13 holds plenty of interest.  Rare Irish sporting medals, a collection of 5,000 postcards in 144 lots, three Princess Diana dolls by master maker Paul Crees, film and pop memorabilia including mementoes of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones make a wide ranging mix.  There are 531 lots on the catalogue.  The first 144 are postcards from a collection formed by Dublin based film producer and director Peter Holder.  He began it for the purpose of illustrating period scenes in Ireland for film productions.  Examples from Ancient Rome, Britain and America are among 100 lots of coins.  There are three Princess Diana dolls by Paul Crees with estimates from 1,000-2,500. Lot 368 is a medal presented to a member of Pierce O’Mahony’s club from Navan for the 1895 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played on March 15, 1896.  It was the first final to be played in Jones’ Road, later Croke Park. The medal, together with a Leinster Football Championship 1895 medal is estimated at 5,000-7,000.  There is a collection of autographs spanning the past 70 years of Irish rugby and 65 lots of Rock, Pop and Cinema memorabilia.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE: The sale grossed €220,000, with 80% of lots sold. 400 bidders registered on line from North America, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, UAE and Qatar. Most of the lots sold in the room, which included dealers and collectors from Ireland, UK and USA.

    GAA Football. "Virtual Championship of All Ireland" 1895 and Leinster Championship 1895 gold medals (5,000-7,000).

    GAA Football. “Virtual Championship of All Ireland” 1895 and Leinster Championship 1895 gold medals (5,000-7,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,200

    Paul McCartney, Hofner Bass Guitar, signed  (2,000-3,000).

    Paul McCartney, Hofner Bass Guitar, signed (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,000 AT HAMMER

    Andy Warhol signed Candles Condensed Wax (With Added Wick) Soup (500-700).

    Andy Warhol signed Candles Condensed Wax (With Added Wick) Soup (500-700).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 700 AT HAMMER

    Irish Life - studies of people postcards (24) (80-120).

    Irish Life – studies of people postcards (24) (80-120).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 200 AT HAMMER

    Thunderball cinema poster. 1965 (2,000-3,000).

    Thunderball cinema poster. 1965 (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,100 AT HAMMER

    Paul Crees, HRH Diana Princess of Wales wearing silk bridal gown by Elizabeth Emanuel (2,000-2,500).

    Paul Crees, HRH Diana Princess of Wales wearing silk bridal gown by Elizabeth Emanuel (2,000-2,500).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD