The relaunch of our standalone Irish Art sale saw strong results for both established and emerging names. Lavery's beautiful Japanese Switzerland made over £500,000, more than three times what it made in 1996, and contemporary artworks also performed very well. Rowan Gillespie's sculpture raced beyond the pre-sale estimate to £161,000, a record for the artist at auction, as was Elizabeth Magill's Heartland, which doubled the pre-sale estimate.
Bidders came from the UK, Ireland, the US and further afield, with several works purchased by buyers new to Sotheby's. The results are very encouraging for the Irish Art market and we are looking forward to our next major Irish sale in 2016.
On the 20th anniversary since Sotheby’s first international auction in the market, we are delighted to be relaunching a dedicated Irish Art sale in London, including a travelling exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
Leading Irish artists of the 20th century – Walter Osborne, Roderic O’Conor, John Lavery, William Orpen, Jack Butler Yeats, Paul Henry – are well represented, including Lavery’s sublime Japanese Switzerland and Orpen’s sensational Nude Girl Reading. In addition, the sale comprises a selection of works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists.
We look forward to presenting such a comprehensive and high-quality collection of pictures and sculptures to the market and to welcoming you to our exhibitions in Dublin and London. If you have any questions regarding the sale, please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialists.
Travelling Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Thursday 8 October | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9 October| 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 10 October| 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM