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    Interior of a Cafe by William John Leech was the top lot at Adams.

    AN  outstanding 1908 Breton work by William John Leech topped the Irish art poll at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on May 30  On the eve of a referendum on the EU financial stability treaty it made 200,000.  Indoors, Outdoors from 1951 by Louis le Brocquy, which had been estimated at 500,000-800,000, was bid up to 450,000 and failed to sell.

    The auction of 148 lots was 75 per cent sold and brought in 1.7 million.  Good Evening Men by Jack b. Yeats made 180,000 and Bound for the Islands by the same artist made 48,000.  Fishing Boats, Dugort by Paul Henry sold for 125,000 and a le Brocquy tapestry, Eden, made 36,000.  Woman of Belfast by F.E. McWilliam made 27,000 over an estimate of 6,000-10,000, William Guy Wall’s View of the Boyne made 26,000 and Patrick Leonard’s Unloading the Catch, Loughshinny Harbour, made 25,000.

    See posts on for  May 27, May 6 and May 8.

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