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    KERRY FISHERMAN BY YEATS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020

    This painting of a Kerry Fisherman by Jack B. Yeats has been in a private family collection in Canada for over fifty years. It comes up at Sotheby’s annual Irish Art sale in London on September 9 with an estimate of £70,000-£100,000.  Dating to the late 1920’s Sotheby’s say it has not been at auction before.  The strong features and confident stance offer a heroic figure,  Yeats’s wonder and admiration for such figures was instilled in him during a childhood near the quays of Sligo.  The work anticipates the looser brushwork and dissolving forms of his later work. The sale, which includes 18 works from the collection of Sir Michael Smurfit, is on view by appointment only at the RHA in Dublin from 10 am to 5 pm today and from 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £81,900

    IRISH ART AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020

    THE annual Irish Art sale at Sotheby’s on September 9 carries the highest combined pre-sale value since the reintroduction of dedicated Irish art sales in London in 2015. The sale, including property from the collection of Sir Michael Smurfit, comprises 60 lots and is estimated to bring in the region of £3.2 million. There will be public exhibitions at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from August 27-30 by appointment, and in London from September 4. Among the highlights from outside the 18 works from the Smurfit collection is The Dreamer by Gerard Dillon.

    Gerard Dillon, The Dreamer, oil on board, circa 1956-57. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £378,000

    SHIP’S CHAIRS AT SOTHEBY’S DINING IN ONLINE SALE

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020

    THIS early 20th century set of eight ship’s ash and beech folding chairs come up at Sotheby’s online Dining In auction which runs to August 12. Some legs are branded PSN which almost certainly relates to the Pacific Steam Navigation Company which provided a passenger and mail service between Liverpool and Argentina from 1877 to 1920. With later striped canvas seats they are estimated at £2,500-3,500. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR £11,340

    BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S FOR £377,000

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

    Truman Capote’s final typescript for Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for £377,000 at Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts sale in London on August 4. It was covered in handwritten edits including the last minute change to his protagonist’s name to Holly Golightly. Until the very final draft Holly was known throughout as Connie Gustafson. This typescript was submitted to Random House, who published all of Capote’s major works, in May 1958, just before Capote departed for a sojourn in Greece. It had been estimated at £120,000-180,000.

    QUESTIONNAIRE FILLED IN BY A YOUNG OSCAR WILDE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, July 31st, 2020

    A questionnaire filled in by a young Oscar Wilde comes up at Sotheby’s online Summer Miscellany sale of Books and Manuscripts which closes on August 4. Recording preferences across 39 questions he responds as follows:

    Your idea of happiness? ‘Absolute power over men’s minds, even if accompanied by chronic toothache’

    Your idea of misery? ‘Living a poor and respectable life in an obscure village’.

    What is your dream? ‘Getting my hair cut’

    ‘What is your aim in life?’ ‘Success: fame or even notoriety’.

    Wilde was in his early twenties when he contributed to the album of “Mental Photographs” in 1877. He was still at Oxford and yet to publish a book, but had already established a keen following. It is signed grandiosely with his full name, ‘Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde’.

    It is from the collection of actor and director Steven Berkoff (b.1937), famed for his villainous on-screen roles including General Orlov in the James Bond classic, Octopussy (1983). Berkoff began collecting Oscar Wilde material around the time he directed Wilde’s great tragedy, Salome, in the late 1980s. The show opened to acclaim at The Gate Theatre, Dublin, on the sixtieth anniversary of Salome’s first controversial public viewing there in 1928, and went on to sell out at London’s National Theatre, before travelling to Japan, Germany and beyond. The estimate is £40,000-60,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £47,880

    BANKSY’S SHOT IN THE ARM FOR BETHLEHEM HOSPITAL

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

    There was a welcome shot in the arm for the fundraising efforts of a hospital in Bethlehem this evening thanks to a very generous charitable donation by the anonymous street artist Banksy. His trio of found seascape paintings reworked into a pointed response to the refugee crisis sold for £2,235,000 at Sotheby’s cross departmental global online Rembrandt to Richter sale. The tripartite work by Banksy, Mediterranean Sea View 2017, features empty orange life jackets symbolising European bound migrants who drowned.

    Donated by the artist the paintings had been estimated at £800,000-1.2 million. They were the focus of spirited bidding. Since being created they have hung above the fireplace of Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem in Jerusalem’s West Bank. The proceeds will go towards a new acute stroke unit and children’s rehabilitation equipment at the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation.

    The flagship summer Rembrandt to Richter sale realised £150 million.

    One of the works in detail

    NEW RECORD FOR A REMBRANDT SELF PORTRAIT AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

    A small self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn made £14,549,400 setting a new auction record for a self-portrait by the artist at auction at Sotheby’s marquee sale in London today. It was chased by six bidders. The previous record of £6.9 million for a self-portrait by the artist was in 2003.  

    Rembrandt recorded his own physiognomy in no fewer than 80 paintings, etchings and drawings, throughout his career. Dated to 1632, this self-portrait of the artist aged 26-years, was created at a pivotal moment in his life, when he was just establishing himself in Amsterdam and enjoying new-found commercial success. The work is one of only two self-portraits in which he shows himself formally dressed. Self-portrait, wearing a ruff and black hat is one of only three remaining in private hands. Sotheby’s believe it is the only one ever likely to come to auction.

    BALFOUR DECLARATION RECALLED AT SOTHEBY’S BOOK SALE

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

    A signed menu from a 1927 dinner at London’s Savoy to mark the tenth anniversary of The Balfour Declaration comes up at Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts sale which opens today and runs until August 4. The 1917 declaration was a statement from the British government announcing support for the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population. The declaration was in a letter from then Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community. The menu is signed by guests including Balfour, Nahum Sokolow (chairman of the World Zionist executive), the physicist Sir Ernest Rutherford, James de Rothschild and P.M.W. MacDonagh, almost certainly the Limerick born Irish journalist Michael MacDonagh. It is estimated at £400-600.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £2,394

    ART FROM THE BRITISH AIRWAYS COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

    Cool Edge by Bridget Riley from 1982 from the British Airways collection comes up at Sotheby’s later this month. They will offer 17 paintings, prints and works on paper from the collection across two auctions in London. Riley’s stripe painting comes up at the cross-category Evening Sale, “Rembrandt to Richter”, on July 28 with an estimate of £800,000-1.2 million.

    There will be seven further screen prints by Riley Sotheby’s including five works from her Elongated Triangles series of 1971 at Sotheby’s sale of Modern and Post War British Art from July 20-23. These will be offered alongside paintings by Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and George Shaw. The remainder of the collection includes prints by Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and Julian Opie from 2000, and Peter Doig’s Grasshopper Portfolio, a series of ten etchings drawn from the ground-level perspective of a grasshopper.

    Bridget RileyCool Edge. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £1,850,000 at hammer.

    FLAGSHIP SUMMER SALES AT SOTHEBY’S REACH NEARLY $900 MILLION

    Sunday, July 12th, 2020

    The combined total for Sotheby’s flagship summer sales in Paris, Geneva, New York and Hong Kong has reached almost US$900 million. In Hong Kong last week 3,794 lots sold across 17 auctions in seven days. The re-scheduled spring sales brought in US$411 million with global participation from nearly 40 countries and 90% of lots sold over the phone, on the internet or through absentee bids. Sanyu’s Quatre Nus was sold fr US$33.3 million after a four-way ten-minute bidding battle.

    Sanyu – Quatre Nus