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    March 24th, 2019

    Tralee shows Jack B. Yeats in the last and most romantic phase of his early style.  The 1924 work comes up at de Veres evening sale of Irish art at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St., Dublin at 6 pm on March 26 with an estimate of 150,000-200,000. Against a background of post sunset fading light it shows an old man gazing reflectively at the water with young people passing by. It can be read as a comment on the past and the future. Emigration had been halted since 1914 by the First World War and the war in Ireland which followed. In 1924 cheap fares to America saw a flood of young people leaving the country. The painting was previously owned both by Sean Lemass and Charles Haughey.

    (See post on for Marcb 21, 2019)

    Tralee by Jack B Yeats


    March 22nd, 2019

    Many of this country’s finest painters and sculptors from the last 250 years feature at the James Adam evening sale of Irish art in Dublin on March 27. The Children’s Fairing by Erskine Nicol is a masterpiece of Victorian artistic storytelling which brings a sense of luxury to a muddy harbour market.  It is an atmospheric work where the viewer becomes a spectator as the seller  offers fruit to a passer by and possible purchaser.  Dating to 1870 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1871 it was once in the collection of the Lady Lever Gallery at Port Sunlight at The Wirral and is estimated at 15,000-20,000.Art of a different order is available in FE McWilliam’s Leg Figure.  The bronze dates to 1977 and is estimated at 6,000-10,000.The earliest work in the sale is a large oil by George Barret senior dating to about 1760.  The spectacular landscape, probably by the Dargle on the Powerscourt estate, features anglers and figures including a baby and a dog.  It carries an estimate of 50,000-80,000.

    The catalogue is online. Among 166 lots is work by sculptors like John Behan, Rory Breslin, Bob Quinn, Stephen Lawlor and Patrick O’Reilly.

    Leg Figure by F E McWilliam
    The Children’s Fairing by Erskine Nico


    March 21st, 2019

    The rarest Beatles record in the world features at Julien’s Auctions music icons sale in Liverpool on May 9. John Lennon’s signed album “Yesterday And Today” (1966), a U.S. First State Butcher prototype stereo example will highlight the auction. Displayed on the wall of his Dakota apartment in New York until he had an assistant take it down and deliver it to the Record Plant where he signed it in blue ink: “To Dave from/ John Lennon/ Dec 7th 71.” it is considered the rarest Beatles record in the world.
    The recipient was Dave Morrell, a Beatles fan and bootleg collector. “The Butcher” was given in essentially a trade for a reel-to-reel tape of Morrell’s Yellow Matter Custard bootleg that Lennon desired. Lennon filled the blank back of the cover with a drawing depicting a man holding a shovel with his dog in front of a setting sun. The cover also includes autographs by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, which Morrell obtained later. This is believed to be the only First State Butcher album bearing three Beatles signatures and is estimated at $160,000-$180,000.

    The venue for the live and online sale is The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. Other top lots include a Beatles signed baseball from their final US concert and John Lennon’s signed guitar strap.

    Julien’s Auctions will partner once again with The Beatles Story to bring their Beatles and Merseybeat “Memorabilia Day” back home to Liverpool on Friday, May 10 for a Beatlemania event. Fans and collectors are invited to bring in their Beatles memorabilia to have appraised by the experts for free at The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe on the Royal Albert Dock.


    March 21st, 2019

    A number of Irish collections have contributed to de Veres evening sale of Irish art which takes place at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin on March 26. The sale of 140 lots at de Veres includes two Enignum chairs by the Cork based internationally renowned designer Joseph Walsh each estimated at 8,000-12,000.  The collection of singer Brian Kennedy includes nine works by Patrick Scott.  There is art by Jack B. Yeats, Mainie Jellett, Louis le Brocquy, John Doherty, Felim Egan, Kenneth Webb, Markey Robinson, William John Leech, Patrick Hennessy, Lady Beatrice Glenavy, Dan O’Neill, Colin Middleton, Tony O’Malley, Charles Tyrrell and many others.

    Enignum chair by Joseph Walsh
    John Doherty, b.1949 M.C. BUTLER & CO, KELLS, CO MEATH


    March 20th, 2019

    A pen and India ink drawing on paper by Pablo Picasso from the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art comes up at Christie’s, Paris on March 28. Dating from October 1932 the work is part of the important but little-known series of India ink on paper addressing the theme of Joueurs de flûte et nus couchés.

    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) Joueuse de flûte et nu couché, (€250,000-350,000)

    It represents Picasso muse Marie-Thérèse Walter. The relationship between Picasso and the young Marie-Thérèse is thought to have begun as far back as 1927. Many years later, she would tell Life Magazine, “When I met Picasso I was 17. I was an innocent young gamine. I knew nothing – life, Picasso, nothing. I had gone shopping at the Galeries Lafayette and Picasso saw me coming out of the metro. He simply grabbed me by the arm and said: ‘I’m Picasso! You and I are going to do great things together’”

    The drawing underscores the amorous excitement Picasso felt in that pivotal year, as illustrated in the exhibition Picasso 1932 – Année érotique held at the Musée Picasso in Paris and at the Tate London in 2017-2018. The drawing was gifted by the artist to his dealer Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler, before being donated to MoMA by American painter Eve Clendenin in 1961. It is being sold to benefit the MoMA acquisition fund.


    March 20th, 2019

    There was a new record for any item sold in an online only auction at Sotheby’s when Friedrich von Hayek’s Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science Prize medal made £1.1 million. It led a white glove online only auction of 27 lots from von Hayek’s personal collection. More than 1,000 bids were placed on the 27 lots.

    Elsewhere in the sale, von Hayek’s personal underlined and annotated copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, estimated at £3,000-5,000, sold for £150,000. The Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to von Hayek by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, estimated at £10,000-15,000, reached £112,500.

    The auction brought in £2.04 million, quadruple the pre -sale estimate.

    See post on for March 3, 2019.

    The Nobel Prize awarded for Economic Science in 1974

    The previous benchmark for the most valuable item ever sold in a Sotheby’s online-only sale was $800,000, achieved the only complete archive of Supreme skate decks ain private hands which sold to Vancouver Collector Carson Guo in January 2019.


    March 19th, 2019

    Banksy will lead a world class array of work by some of the most talked about and renowned artists of today at Julien’s spring edition of the triannual live and online Street and Contemporary art auction in Beverly Hills on April 25. Two important works by Banksy, Hayne Street Ghetto Rat ($60,000-80,000) and Blowpop Records ($8,000-10,000) will feature alongside art by Invader, Mr. Brainwash, KAWS, Damien Hirst, Shephard Fairey, Sandra Chevrier, Takashi Murakami, Ai Weiwei, David Hockney, Alec Monopoly, RETNA, D*Face, FAILE, Max Zorn and others.

    Banksy – Hayne Street Ghetto Rat
    Pablo Picasso Wood Owl 1968 A p
    painted earthenware vase
    From a limited edition of 500

    SD_10 (aka The Mothership) ($60,000-80,000) a monumental tile mosaic by the French street artist Invader was created in 2010 on the facade of the Art Center Building in San Diego as part of the exhibition Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with The Urban Landscape organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art (SD). The building is currently being remodeled and the mural must be sold in order to protect it from demolition.

    Other highlights include Mr. Brainwash’s Madonna ($10,000-15,000) an original acrylic work on canvas featuring the same base image of Madonna created by Brainwash for the cover of the Celebration album; Pablo Picasso’s master work Wood-Owl ($20,000-30,000) a painted earthenware vase from a limited edition of 500; Damien Hirst’s I Love You ($10,000-15,000) a screenprint from a limited edition of 14; and Shephard Fairey’s Obey with Caution ($8,000-10,000) a unique artist’s proof.


    March 18th, 2019

    TEFAF Maastricht 2019 held two preview days for its 32nd edition, before opening to the public last Saturday. Sales were strong and buying continued over the opening weekend across all sections of the Fair. First time exhibitor Fergus McCaffrey said, “We were delighted by the response to Barry X Ball’s solo presentation on our stand at TEFAF Maastricht. The level of interest has been incredible! As a result, at this stage, there are two major commissions being discussed and we expect to confirm 3 or 4 other sales in the next few days.” TEFAF Maastricht continues until Sunday 24th March, at the MECC.

    The Fair opened with to great optimism when the centrepiece of Dickenson Femme nue couchée by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) sold to a private collector within the first minutes. The large oil-on-canvas, portraying Renoir’s favourite model Gabrielle, commanded the front of the Dickinson stand and attracted much attention from visitors. An 18th-century Doll’s House, known as Anna Maria Tripp’s House, which has remained in the same family for many generations was on the market for the first time and was sold by John Endlich Antiquairs to a Foundation which will lend it to a Dutch museum on a long term loan

    TEFAF Maastricht continues until Sunday March 24.

    John Endlich Antiquair
    A view of the 2019 Fair


    March 17th, 2019

    A letter from Lord Edward FitzGerald to his sister Lucy dated December 31, 1796, reporting that a fleet from the First French Republic had left the coast comes up at Bonhams sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts in London on March 27.  The fleet had left Brest that November with 15,000 soldiers, aiming to land at Bantry Bay and assist the planned rising of the United Irishmen under the command of FitzGerald.Atrocious weather prevented a French landing and the fleet limped back to port in January.  The letter is guarded as the family avoided overt political commentary for their own protection. It is estimated at 700-900. A first edition of Edward Morgan’s journal of the movement of the French Fleet in Bantry Bay, inscribed to Lord Bantry, is estimated at 2,300-3,500.

    Edward Morgan’s account of the French Fleet movements in Bantry Bay inscribed to Lord Bantry


    March 17th, 2019

    Oil paintings and antique furniture from a Georgian residence in Kinsale will form the bulk of lots at the Lynes and Lynes auction in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork next Saturday (March 23).  The executors sale of contents from DeCourcey House at Scilly  will feature books of Cork interest including Somerville and Ross first editions and two lots from the White Star liner RMS Celtic which ran aground in Cork Harbour in 1928. Lot 100 is a large 17th century portrait in the manner of Sir Anthony van Dyck (10,000-15,000).  There is a battle scene in the manner of Paul de Vos (Flemish 1595-1678) (1,500-3,000) and an oval military portrait. An Irish 19th century rent table  in the style of Williams and Gibton is estimated at ,500-2,000.  Other furniture includes an Irish early 19th century gothic style bookcase (600-1,000), a set of 12 Cork 11-bar dining chairs (3,000-4,000) and an arched gilt 19th century overmantle mirror with twin side columns (2,000-3,000). Books include Adventures Amidst The Equatorial Forests and Rivers of South America and In the West Indies And the Wilds of Florida by Villiers Stuart of Dromana on the River Blackwater. Sketches in India taken at Hyderabad and Secunderabad by Captan Allan N. Scott comes with 101 photographs and Geology Familiarly Illustrated by CMW from 1859 contains 31 hand coloured lithograph scenes. Two ships chairs on metal bases from the RMS Celtic are estimated at 200-300 and a ships library table is estimated at 200-300. A cased model of a Stena Line ferry is estimated at 1,500-2,000.  The silver on offer includes a George III fox head stirrup cup, London 1802 (2,000-3,000). Among the books is a long run of Capuchin annuals including the year 1966.