Yeats' Crossing the City auctions for $126,650 in Dublin


2015-06-26 13:00:19


Yeats' Crossing the City auctions for $126,650 in Dublin

Jack B Yeats' Crossing the City was the top seller at the British and Irish art auction

Jack B Yeats' Crossing the City has sold for 98,000 ($126,662) at an auction of British and Irish art in Dublin.

The 1929 work, which depicts the centre of the Irish capital, was the October 1 auction's top seller.

Yeats Crossing the CityYeats' Crossing the City made $126,662

"The painting provides a rare example of expressionism in Irish art in its strong individual application of form and colour to a contemporary subject - the city," said the auction house prior to the sale.

While coming in just below the 100,000 estimate, its fair showing confirms the current appetite for the Irishman's paintings.

Yeats' 1925 work A Fair Day, Mayomade 1m ($1.3m) in September last year, setting a new record for an artwork sold in Ireland in the process.

Leo Whelan's 1912 self-portrait The Mirror, produced when the artist was just 20, enjoyed an estimate-beating performance, pushing past its 20,000 valuation with a 24,000 ($31,017) showing.

The world record for the artist was set in 2007 by his 265,000 ($342,480) Waiting.

Leo Whelan The MirrorLeo Whelan's 1912 self-portrait The Mirror beat its estimate

Cian McLoughlin's Import also performed well, selling within estimate for 30,000 ($38,771).

Harry Kernoff's 1941 watercolour Davy Byrne's Pub, Duke Street, From The Bailey, Dublinsold well within estimate for 29,000 ($37,476). The oil version of the same scene soldto the National Gallery of Ireland in 2000 for 130,000 ($167,997), a clear sign of the market's greater regard for oil pieces.

You can view our selection of art for sale here, many of which can be purchased through our layaway scheme - click here to learn more.

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