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    Monday, March 1st, 2021

    There was a new world auction record for Sir Winston Churchill at Christie’s in London this evening when his Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943) sold for £8,285,000. The only work Churchill created during the Second World War was once in the collection of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who are divorcing. It was offered for sale by the Jolie Family Collection. Churchill painted it in Marrakech following the Casablanca Conference in January 1943. and gifted it to Franklin D. Roosevelt. This act was seen not only as an indication of their friendship but of the special relationship between the UK and the USA.

    Sir Winston Churchill began painting scenes of Morocco after being encouraged to visit the country by his painting tutor, Sir John Lavery. Upon his first visit in 1935, he felt that the light and scenery were unrivalled, creating some 45 paintings of the country.

    (See post on for February 2, 2021)

    Sir Winston Churchill, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. Painted in January 1943, it made £8,285,000


    Monday, March 1st, 2021

    Nassau St. and Trinity College, Dublin by Colin Gibson is lot number 23 at Whyte’s timed spring online art sale which gets underway in Dublin at 6 pm today (March 1). The oil on board is estimated at €700-€1,000. More than 260 lots with estimates from 60 to 5,000 are on offer. UPDATE: THIS PAINTING MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, March 1st, 2021

    More than 20 works by L.S. Lowry will highlight the Modern British Art sale at Christie’s on March 2. They range from seascapes and crowd scenes to portraits including Man in a Trilby from the estates of L.S. Lowry and Carol Ann Lowry. There is work by Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, Peter Blake, Michael Craig-Martin’s and the St Ives School is represented by Terry Frost ,Roger Hilton, Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis.

    Ben Nicholson, 1946 (Tibetan) (estimate: £100,000-150,000) and
    L.S. Lowry, Man in a Trilby (1960, estimate: £150,000-250,000)


    Sunday, February 28th, 2021

    Afterimage is the title of this acrylic on board by Bridget Flannery. It comes up as lot 6 at the James Adam timed online art auction which runs to March 3 with an estimate of 1,000-1,500. The online catalogue lists 193 lots and bidding will begin to close at 2 p.m. on March 3.


    Thursday, February 25th, 2021

    The most significant collection to come to auction for years comes up at various sales at Sotheby’s in New York next May. At the heart of Anne Marion’s collection are masterworks by three of the greatest American artists of the post-War period: Andy Warhol’s iconic Elvis 2 Times, Richard Diebenkorn’s sublime Ocean Park No. 40; and Clyfford Still’s staggering PH-125 (1948-No. 1). All three works are estimated to achieve in excess of $20 million.

    Legendary Texan rancher and businesswoman Anne Marion (1938-2020) was celebrated for her generous support of cultural institutions, critical contributions to education and healthcare, and her passion for the life and traditions of the American Southwest where her family had been rooted for generations. The treasures of her own private collection have remained – until now – largely unknown.  It is estimated in the region of $150 million.

    The great-granddaughter of Captain Samuel Burk Burnett (1849-1922) she was heiress to the historic, world-renowned Four Sixes Ranch in King County, Texas. Samuel took the unusual step of willing the bulk of his estate to his 22-year-old granddaughter, ‘Big Anne’, to be held in trust for her unborn child (the future ‘Little Anne’ Marion), thereby launching the tradition of female leadership of one of Texas’ greatest family businesses. Following her mother’s death in 1980, ‘Little Anne’ took over management of the business and ran it for the next forty years.  She was a trusted board director and benefactor of the Kimbell Art Museum for four decades, and a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

    Hugh Hildesley, who joined Sotheby’s in 1961 and played an integral role in the company’s formative years in the US, was a longstanding colleague of Sotheby’s eminent chairman and auctioneer John L. Marion, Anne’s husband for the last 32 years of her life. He remembers: He remembers: “The sheer scope of Anne’s astounding achievements will prove influential and transformative for generations to come: from her role as President of the Burnett Foundation to founding the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; donor of the Marion Emergency Care Center in Fort Worth, to tireless Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Anne knew quality when she saw it”.

    Richard Diebenkorn – Ocean Park No. 40


    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

    After a century in the same private collection a painting by Vincent Van Gogh will make its auction debut in Paris in March with an estimate of 5-8 million. Painted in the Spring of 1887 – during Vincent van Gogh’s two-year sojourn in Paris – Scène de rue à Montmartre is from his series depicting the legendary Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre. The work has remained in the same family collection for over 100 years, and despite having been published in seven catalogues, it has never been exhibited until now.  Sotheby’s and Mirabaud Mercier will present it to the public for the first time; with exhibitions to be held in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris ahead of the Impressionist & Modern Art auction on March 25.

    Vincent van Gogh
    Scène de rue à Montmartre (Impasse des deux frères et le Moulin à Poivre), 1887


    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

    Sir John Lavery’s painting of the Viscountess Castlerosse at Palm Springs. comes up at Christie’s Modern British Art evening sale in London on March 1 with an estimate of £400,000-600,000. With all its connotations of the rich at play in the years between the First and Second World Wars it is redolent of an era long gone. Doris Delavigne married the 6th Earl of Kenmare in 1928. A similar version of the scene sold for €50,000 at de Veres in Dublin in 2014.

    Christie’s list the provenance as: The artist, and by descent to his granddaughter, Lady Ann Sempill.
    Her sale; Christie’s, London, 13 May 1966, lot 77, as ‘Portrait of Lady Castlerosse, seated on a springboard at Palm Springs’.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 22 May 1997, lot 264, as ‘Lady Castlerosse on a diving board’, where purchased by the present owner.

    SIR JOHN LAVERY, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941) The Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs (the version sold at de Veres)


    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

    Wet Sands at Booterstown by Desmond Carrick (1928-2012) is among the lots at Whyte’s Spring Art sale in Dublin on March 1. It is estimated at 1,000-1,500 in a timed online auction which runs until March 1. Whytes say that this is an ideal sale for new and seasoned collectors. More than 260 with estimates from 50-5,000 will come under the hammer. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, February 21st, 2021

    Restoration specialists will find much to occupy themselves with at a two day  online auction by Doneraile based Aidan Foley next weekend.  A large selection of antique and reproduction furniture, paintings, porcelain and collectibles from Springmount House in Sunday’s Well, Cork will be on offer on February 27.  Some furniture like a Victorian side or hall table, is simply too large for most modern homes.   Most of it is in need of some tender loving care.  A bit of elbow grease will be enough to revive a selection of occasional tables, side tables, a dining table, a set of eight dining chairs, gilt framed overmantle mirrors and various  bureaux.  Other works, such as a fine antique red lacquered boulle bureau plat, an old drum table, a Georgian bureau with astragal glazed doors (one broken pane), an early Victorian card table and a library table will need more specialist intervention.  There is a decidedly continental feel to some of the furniture, like some gilt framed drawing room chairs which were almost certainly imported into this country from mainland Europe several decades ago. A selection of Victorian style gilt framed landscapes, seascapes and townscapes in gilt frames include two smaller townscapes. attributed to Fr. Prout, humorist, literary journalist and author of The Bells of Shandon. A large dark shipboard scene is signed Marstrand, possibly the Danish artist Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873).  And there is a print of John Butts View of Cork from Audley Place, painted around 1750. Another lot to attract a different sort of specialist interest is an 07 registration Mercedes 500 SEL with leather interior and 5.5 V8 petrol engine.  According to Mr. Foley it originally cost €180,000. This time round it is estimated at €12,000-€16,000 as lot number 2.   The sales will be live on from 11 am on February 27 and 28.

    Gilt overmantle mirror. UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, February 20th, 2021

    A watercolour of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy is among the highlights at Gormley’s evening online art auction in Belfast  on February 23).  It is estimated at €19,100-€22,750. A bronze standing Irish wolfhound by Stephen McKeown is estimated at €11,500-€17,000.  There is a print by Damien Hirst, a lithograph by Salvador Dali and work by Maurice Wilks, Charles McAuley, Brian Ballard, Gladys McCabe, Markey Robinson and other well known Irish artists.

    Portrait of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £16,000