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    Monday, December 6th, 2010

    The Holy Office, a broadside from James Joyce, at Mealy's book auction. (click to enlarge and read) UPDATE: IT MADE 22,000

    A rare James Joyce broadside heads Mealy’s December sale of  books, literature, manuscripts, and maps on December 14 at the D-4 Hotel in Dublin.  Only a handful of copies of a caustic attack entitled “The Holy Office” are known.  It was distributed privately to friends. This one belonged to Thomas Keohler, poet and friend of Joyce. It is estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    A collection of four letters between Joyce and Keohler is estimated at 6,000-8,000 and a copy of the original recordings by Joyce of part of Finnegan’s Wake is estimated at 2,000-3,000.
    The 950 lot sale includes a first limited edition of Ulysses (7,000-9,000) and an original Cuala Press Visitor’s Book with 1,900 signatures. The most remarkable is an entry where W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne signed together on October 18, 1908. The poet and his muse were lovers for a brief time following the break up of her marriage to John MacBride. It is estimated at 8,000-12,000.  There is a collection of previously unrecorded letters by Sean O’Casey and first, signed, and limited editions by Oscar Wilde (The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and The Picture of Dorian Gray), Patrick Kavanagh, (The Green Fool, and Collected Poems), and Flann O’Brien (An Beal Bocht, At Swim Two Birds).
    UPDATE:  IN a highly successful sale the Joyce broadside sold for 22,000. It was bought by a private collector. A series of letters between Myles na gCopaleen (Brian O’Nolan) and his publishers and agents from the 1960’s also made 22,000.  The Cuala Press visitors book sold for 17,000 and the Sean O’Casey letters made 10,000.


    Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

    The Great Fight by Michael Farrell at de Veres in Dublin on December 8. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 14,000

    More than 140 lots of Irish art will come under the hammer

    Composition in Red, Black and Lime Green is the title of this c1952 gouache by William Scott at de Veres on December 8. UPDATE: IT WAS UNSOLD. (click to enlarge).

    at de Veres in Dublin on December 8.  Most are fresh to the market and realistically priced.

    The auction features two works by Michael Farrell (1944-2000).    “The Great Fight”, shows American heavyweight Jack Dempsey being knocked out of the ring in the 1923 world title fight and is estimated at 8,000-12,000.

    The William Scott in this sale, Composition in Red, Black and Lime Green, dates from 1952 and carries a similar estimate. The sale features five works by Dan O’Neill from a Dublin collection and a selection of good works by Markey Robinson.  Among other artists on offer are Basil Blackshaw, Peter Curling, Gerard Dillon, Evie Hone, Tony O’Malley, Colin Middleton and Hughie O’Donoghue.
    The sale is at the D4 Berkeley Hotel on Wednesday, December 8 at 6 p.m.
    UPDATE:  About 60 per cent of lots were sold in an auction which realised around 325,000.  The top lot was Fishermen’s Wives by Dan O’Neill. It made 28,000.  A second O’Neill, entitled “And yet another” made 15,500.  Evie Hone’s Abstract Composition sold for 11,500 and Yellow Head by Basil Blackshaw made 10,500.Early in Summer by Nano Reid sold for 4,000 as did Tony O’Malley’s Two Trout on a Newspaper.  Village in the West of Ireland by Gerard Dillon made 6,200, a silkscreen print by William Scott entitled A Girl Surveyed made 2,000 and most of the Markey Robinsons in the auction sold for figures within their estimates.