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    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    Interview magazine signed by Andy Warhol  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    An Interview magazine signed by Andy Warhol is among the lots at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of affordable art which runs until August 13 between 6,30 pm and 11.30 pm.  Interview was an American magazine founded by Andy Warhol and British journalist John Wilcock in 1969. Nicknamed “The Crystal Ball of Pop”  it featured intimate conversations between some of the world’s biggest celebrities artists, musicians and creative thinkers.  It continued after Warhol’s death but the magazine is to fold at the end of this year.

    Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auctions of affordable Irish art have proved popular.  This one features a wide variety of 385 lots ranging from Sir Frederick William Burton, Markey Robinson, Martin Finnin, Norman Teeling and sculptors Patrick O’Reilly and Leo Higgins.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Sir Frederick William Burton RHA (1816-1900)
    A Country Church  UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    Niall Campion Baltimore Harbour, Co Cork  UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    Still Life – Vase of Flowers by Markey Robinson  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

    A preparatory study for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs attributed to Sir Frederick William Burton made 24,000 at hammer.

    A preparatory study for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by attributed to Sir Frederick William Burton (1816-1900) sold for a hammer price of 24,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today. It had been estimated at 7,000-10,000.

    From an Irish private collection the watercolour study for Hellelil and Hildebrand dates to 1864.  A manuscript note on the back is inscribed: “Original study by Sir Burton for a picture which is in the National Gallery, Dublin, the study was given by Sir Burton to his couisn Dr. C.E. Fitzgerald who gave it to G.P.”

    In 2012 the National Gallery’s work was named Ireland’s favourite painting in an RTE poll.  The work is based on a medieval Danish ballad about the love between Hellelil and her budyguard Hildebrand and features a fleeting moment of intimacy.

    When her father discovered the attachment he orders her seven brothers to kill Hildebrand. After he has killed her father and six of her brothers she intervenes to save the life of her surviving sibling.  Hildebrand dies of his wounds and she decides she cannot live without him.

    The top lot was a round brilliant cut diamond solitaire of 4.53 carats which made 42,000.  The sale realised in excess of 340,000 on the hammer with 82% of lots sold.

    (See post on for May 24, 2012)