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SOTHEBY'S IRISH SALE:

Sotheby's first auction in London dedicated to Irish art took place in 1995 and has taken place annually since then, achieving a number of world record prices, such as 'The Wild Ones' by Jack B. Yeats and 'Travelling Woman with Newspaper' by Louis Le Brocquy. 'Portrait of Gardenia St. George with Riding Crop' by Sir William Orpen, realised £1,983,500 and remains the most expensive Irish painting sold at auction.

Sotheby's 2001 Irish Sale totalled £7,013,746 - the highest sum ever achieved worldwide for a sale of Irish Art.

Sotheby's 2007 Irish Sale totalled £6,117,000 - the second highest sale total ever achieved for an Irish Art sale worldwide.

The Irish sale attracts consignments from all over the world - from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Pakistan and Switzerland to name but a few of the locations.

Prior to the auction, a travelling exhibition of highlights from the sale goes on tour to Ireland, where receptions and gallery tours take place.
 
Evelyn, Lady Farquhar by Sir John Lavery
Sir John Lavery: Evelyn, Lady Farquhar.
Sold for £748,000 - May 2007.
Portrait of Lady Idina Wallace by Sir William Orpen
Sir William Orpen: Portrait of Lady Idina Wallace.
Sold for £962,500 - November 2013.
Artworks of particular note from the Irish Sale:

The following artworks exceeded their estimates by considerable margins and remain record-breaking sales from the Sotheby's annual Irish Sale.

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Portrait of Gardenia St. George with riding crop by Sir William Orpen Portrait of Gardenia St. George with riding crop,
Sir William Orpen, R.A., R.H.A. (1878 - 1931).


Oil on canvas.

Estimate: £400,000 to £600,000
Hammer price: £1,983,500 (including buyers premium).
Auction date: May 2001.
 
Travelling Woman with Newspaper by Louis Le Brocquy Travelling Woman with Newspaper,
Louis Le Brocquy, H.R.H.A. (born 1916).


Oil on gesso-primed board. Signed.

Estimate: £200,000 to £300,000
Hammer price: £1,158,500 (including buyers premium).
Auction date: May 2000.
 
The Wild Ones by Jack B. Yeats The Wild Ones:
Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A. (1876 - 1957).


Oil on canvas. Signed.

Estimate: (undisclosed)
Hammer price: £1,233,500 (including buyers premium).
Auction date: May 1999.
 
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