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    Friday, November 18th, 2022
    This table will be on Robin O’Donnell’s stand.

    The National Antiques Fair at Limerick Racecourse on November 19 and 20 will be an assembly of more than 80 dealers including a number of members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association. The racecourse venue proved to be a resounding success when it was first used last September. Organiser Robin O’Donnell will have his own stand among the antique shops, galleries and vintage dealers at the fair for the first time in many years.


    Friday, November 18th, 2022
    AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (1884-1920) – Beatrice Hastings (devant une porte) Painted in 1915 Price Realised: $17,565,000

    In eight days of art sales in New York Christie’s has so far achieved $2 billion. The 20th Century evening sale and the 21st Century evening sale which ran consecutively at Christie’s in New York last night made $421,976,700. When combined with the results of the Paul Allen collection the total reached an unprecedented $2,044,226,200.

    The 20th Century sale made $307,945,300 and was 96% sold by lot and 88% by value. Mark Rothko’s Untitled and Amedeo Modigliani’s Beatrice Hastings  each sold for $17,565,000. Additional highlights included works by notable female artists. A massive canvas by Joan Mitchell made $14,130,000, and a rare self-portrait by Frida Kahlo made $8,634,000.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Sugar Ray Robinson, was the top lot at the 21st century sale and made  $32,679,000. Results for female artists and artists of colour were strong. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Minjung Kim, Noah Davis and Rashid Johnson all set new records.

    UPDATE: The two weeks of sales concluded having achieved $2,170,537,204 over seven live auctions and one online.


    Wednesday, November 16th, 2022
    Maser – Strike Twice. UPDATE: THIS MADE £6,930

    Strike Twice, a 2022 acrylic and spray paint on canvas by Maser comes up at Sotheby’s Irish art sale online which is open for bidding from November 16-22. It is estimated at £6,000-£8,000. There are 74 lots on offer with a combined pre-sale estimate of £708,700 – 1,069,000 / €816,500-1,231,600. There is sculpture by Rowan Gillespie, F.E. McWilliam, Patrick O’Reilly, Linda Brunker, Orla de Bri, Conor Fallon and John Behan and paintings by Paul Henry, Roderic O’Conor, Evie Hone, Gerard Dillon, Walter Osborne, Frank McKelvey, William Crozier, Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillon, Peter Curling and many other artists.


    Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
    Piet Mondrian – Composition No. II

    There was a new auction record for Piet Mondrian at Sotheby’s Modern evening auction in New York last night when an iconic abstract painting – Composition No. II – made $51 million. Made by the Dutch artist in 1930 it was last auctioned in 1982 when it sold for a then record of $2.15 million. This time around it was sold to a collector in Asia.

    Oliver Barker, Sotheby’s chairman, Europe said: “There are few artists who have staked such an audacious claim in the history of Modern art as Piet Mondrian, whose grid-style of abstract painting is a truly singular achievement in painting history.”


    Monday, November 14th, 2022
    Sean Keating (1889-1977)  – Man and Woman collecting Seaweed, Aran Islands. UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    Viewing begins in Castlecomer today for Fonsie Mealy’s Important Irish and International art sale on November 16. There are 417 lots on offer including works by Jack B Yeats, Sean Keating, Michael O Nuallain, William Sadler, Augustus Burke, Maurice MacGonigal, Evie Hone, John Shinnors, Pauline Bewick and John Behan. The catalogue is online.

    (See posts on for November 6 and October 25, 2022)


    Saturday, November 12th, 2022
    Going to the Races by Jack B. Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE £226,800

    A feast of Irish art will be celebrated at Sotheby’s this month.  Jack B Yeats and Gerard Dillon will headline the Irish side of the Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 23.  An online sale of Irish art at Sotheby’s from next Wednesday will run until Tuesday, November 22 and a selection from these sales is on view at the RHA in Dublin this weekend. The introduction of relatively unknown artists to the world and important rediscoveries like The Fisherman’s Cottage by Gerard Dillon combine to offer Irish art an important shot in the arm.
    The global reach of Sotheby’s, the Irish diaspora, the fact that art lovers everywhere will find these sales relatively affordable compared to the stratospheric prices now achieved at the top, the presence in the catalogue of feted British artists like Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry and William Nicholson and the support of an international marketing campaign make this November a very good month indeed for Irish art and artists.

    There is much more than a sense of onwards and upwards at play.  The two atmospheric early Yeats oils Going to the Races, 1917 and Sunday Morning, 1921 and the fantastic rediscovery of The Fisherman’s Cottage, a c1950 Dillon from a private collection, have a combined value of £430,000-£670,000 (€495,000-€772,000). Dillon’s first encounter with Connemara in 1939 was a revelatory moment and this painting, set on Inishlacken looking across to Roundstone, ranks among the finest examples of his portrayals of the west of Ireland.

    The Settlers by Rowan Gillespie at Sotheby’s online sale. UPDATE: THIS MADE £47,880

    It is impossible not to be enthusiastic about the 74 diverse lots in an online sale with a range of paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 19th century to the present day. The combined estimate is €816,500-€1,231,600. There is a Gerard Dillon – Village on the Hill, a lively Paul Henry – The Entrance to Killary Bay – John Lavery’s last painting – Gypsies in Ireland and Last Bastion of the Old Theatre Royal by Harry Kernoff.  This second Theatre Royal closed its doors in 1934 and was demolished soon after.  There are 18 works from the collection of the late Irish American Brian P Burns, who amassed one of the greatest collections of Irish art in private hands.
    Contemporary artists and sculptors represented include Rowan Gillespie, Linda Brunker, John Behan, Patrick O’Reilly, Maser, Joy Gerrard, Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn, Blaise Smith and Melissa O’Flaherty and there are early works by Erskine Nicol and James Arthur O’Connor. There will be artists talks at the RHA at noon today by John Behan, Melissa O’Flaherty and Maser and at noon tomorrow by Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn and Blaise Smith.

    Glengariff from the Kenmare Road, Evening, 1862  by William McEvoy  from the Brian P Burns Collection at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE £6,300


    Saturday, November 12th, 2022
    Killarney wood work table at Hegarty’s. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A busy week of  auctions, fairs and exhibitions on the home front is book ended by  Art Source at the RDS this weekend and the National Antiques and Vintage Fair at Limerick Racecourse next weekend. At Art Source Gormleys will feature an exhibition by Damien Hirst and the work of around 160 artists will be on display.

    Online auctions by O’Donovan’s in Newcastlewest and Aidan Foley in Kilcolgan, Co. Galway will take place respectively today and tomorrow. Sunday will also see a sale by Sean Eacrett in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois. On Monday it will be the turn of Milltown Auction Rooms, Dundalk.  Among the prime lots at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on Wednesday is a 19th century Killarney work table. Viewing for Fonsie Mealy’s sale of Irish and International art on Wednesday gets underway in Castlecomer on Monday.  A fine Yeats, re-discovered Aran Island works by Sean Keating and works by John Shinnors, John Behan, Pauline Bewick and Daniel MacLise will feature.

    The National Antique Fair at Limerick Racecourse on November 19 and 20 will bring more than 80 dealers from right around Ireland.  Organiser Robin O’Donnell will exhibit at his own fair for the first time.

    Robin O’Donnell will offer this Irish Regency rosewood teapoy at the National Antique Fair.


    Friday, November 11th, 2022
    GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (1887-1986) – White Rose with Larkspur No. 1 sold for $26,725,000

    On Thursday, November 10, 2022, Christie’s concluded Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection, a landmark philanthropic eventVisionary comprised 155 masterpiece objects spanning 500 years of art history. It was sold over a two-day series of auctions. In total, the collection realised $1,622,249,500, well in excess of the total high estimate. It was 100% sold. The regional breakdown by value was 33% Americas, 28% APAC, and 39% EMEA. There was great strength and depth in bidding across the collection, with an average of 5.6 bidders competing for each lot. Of all the registrants for the sales, nearly 15% were new to Christie’s.

    Seven artists records were set in the second part of the sale:

    1. Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, Typewriter Eraser, Scale X – $8,405,000
    2. Joseph Kosuth, ‘Titled (A.A.I.A.I.)’ [text-context] – $289,8000 – for work on paper
    3. Jacques Lipchitz, Figure – $4,380,000
    4. Nancy Rubins, Study – $23,940
    5. Mildred Thompson, String Theory 4 – $138,600
    6. Alden Mason, Sweet Encounter – $189,000
    7. Guillermo Kuitca, Diarios – $567,000


    Thursday, November 10th, 2022
    PAUL CEZANNE (1839-1906) – La montagne Sainte-Victoire Painted in 1888-1899 sold for $137,790,000

    The most valuable private-collection sale of all time broke the world-record for a sale just halfway through the bidding at Christie’s in New York last night. The first part of the collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen – just 60 lots – made $1,506,386,000. One highlight after another saw five paintings – the most ever in one sale – bringing more than $100 million each, with each one setting a world record.

    Three of the lots were among the top lots sold of all time. Georges Seurat’s groundbreaking statement on pointillism, Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version) led the evening at $149,240,000. Paul Cezanne’s monumental landscape, La Montagne Sainte-Victoire brought $137,790,000. Vincent van Gogh’s Verger avec cyprès, which captures the artist’s early encounter with the South of France, achieved $117,180,000. Paul Gauguin’s  Maternité II from 1899, one of his most important years, made $105,730,000.  Gustav Klimt’s evocative depiction of a Birch Forest, made $104,585,000. The number and size of the record prices set was unprecedented. 60 masterpieces were sold and 20 artists records were set.

    The auction broke the world-record for a sale just halfway through the bidding when the auctioneer, Jussi Pylkkänen, knocked down Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture, Femme de Venise III, for $25,007,500. The auction was 100% sold, and 122% sold against low estimate. All of the estate’s proceeds from this historic sale will be dedicated to philanthropy, pursuant to Mr. Allen’s wishes. The second part of the sale takes place later today.

    (See posts on for November 2 and August 26, 2022)


    1. Seurat, Les Poseuses Ensemble (Petite version) – $149,240,000
    2. Cézanne, La montagne Sainte-Victoire – $137,790,000
    3. Van Gogh, Verger avec cypres – $117,180,000
    4. Gauguin, Maternite II – $105,730,000
    5. Klimt, Birch Forest – $104,585,000
    6. Freud, Large Interior, W11 (After Watteau) – $86,265,000
    7. Johns, Small False Start – $55,350,000
    8. Signac, Concarneau, calm de matin – $39,320,000
    9. Ernst, Le roi jouant avec la reine – $24,435,000
    10. Wyeth, Day Dream – $23,290,000
    11. Rivera, The Rivals – $14,130,000
    12. Francis, Composition in Blue and Black – $13,557,500
    13. Steichen, The Flatiron – $11,840,000
    14. Cross, Rio San Trovaso, Venise – $9,550,000
    15. Brueghel, The Five Senses – $8,634,000
    16. Hepworth, Elegy III – $8,634,000
    17. Benton, Nashaquitsa – $5,580,000
    18. Sidaner, La Serenade Venise – $2,100,000
    19. Singer Sargent, The Façade of La Salute, Venice – $3,660,000 – for work on paper
    20. Klee, Bunte Landschaft – $4,860,000 – for work on paper
    LUCIAN FREUD (1922-2011) – Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau) made a record $86,265,000


    Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

    THE Fortune Pink which sold for US$28.2 million led Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on November 8. Weighing an auspicious 18.18  carats The Fortune Pink is the largest pear-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond ever to be sold at auction. The sale made a total of $57,340,888 and was 96% sold by value and 87% sold by lot. There wa global participation with registrants from 20 countries, across 4 continents.

    Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewellery remarked: A historic week of auctions kicked off in Geneva where Christie’s Luxury auctions totalled CHF113,482,763 / $114,244,370, highlighted by the Fortune Pink, Legendary and Unique Watches, as well as the Domaine Ponsot 150th anniversary auction. Geneva Luxury sales offered 572 lots, with collectors from 50 countries active across the live sales. The second half of this momentous week will continue at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, where 150 masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Collection will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday, expected to realise US$1 billion, all of the estate’s proceeds from the sale will be dedicated to philanthropy, pursuant to Mr. Allen’s wishes.”