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    Jazz Babies (1929) by Jack B. Yeats. (Click on image to enlarge).

    Yeats, Henry and William Conor all came up trumps at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on December 5. The top lot in a sale which realised 2 million euro was Jazz Babies by Jack Yeats which made 480,000 at hammer.  It was bought on the telephone by an Irish buyer.   The work depicts a rare self portrait by the artist.

    ‘Evening, Kildare’ by Yeats, formerly in the collection of George Bernard Shaw, made 36,000, Wind Blown Trees by Paul Henry sold for 97,000, Jaunting Car by William Conor sold for 70,000, double the lower estimate and a large sculpture by F.E. McWilliam made 58,000 over an estimate of 30,000-50,000.

    A gold pocket watch and chain specifically mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses, sold for 60,000 over an estimate of 8,000-12,000.  It belonged to John O’Connell (1844-1925), described as ‘Caretaker’ at Glasnevin Cemetary when Leopold Bloom attends Paddy Dignam’s funeral.

    Adams achieved a new Irish auction record when Fair Day, Mayo by Yeats sold for one million euro in September.  This is the most expensive Irish painting to have changed hands at auction this year.

    See posts on for November 25 and November 9.

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