Paul Henry’s Clouds at Sunset was the top lot at the James Adam sale of the Bank of Ireland collection in Dublin on November 24. It made a hammer price of 55,000. Such was the interest in the sale – 4,000 people turned up to view – that the venue had to be moved from the Adams salesroom to the Great Room at the adjacent Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.
Louis le Brocquy’s Study towards an image of James Joyce (est. 50,000-70,000) and Gerard Dillon’s Out with the Nets (est. 25,000-35,000) each sold for 50,000. Next on the list were works by Patrick Collins and Basil Blackshaw, which each made a hammer price of 38,000.
Paintings by Tony O’Malley and Basil Blackshaw made 36,000 at hammer, a le Brocquy and a work by Sean Keating each made 32,000 and and top ten was completed by another le Brocquy which sold for 30,000.
The sale of 145 lots realised 1.5 million and achieved good prices across the board. All but one painting, Barrie Cooke’s large museum quality triptych entitled Big Forest Borneo, found buyers. A number of works went above the top estimate, most sold for well into the estimated price and some achieved their lower estimate.
See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for October 20 and October 13, and the video posted on October 31.