Detail from ‘Early Morning in Donegal’ by Paul Henry which sold for €160,00

The annual Christmas auction of Irish art suggests that the market is in good health

“Watercolour by Louis le Brocquy done at St Gerard’s School, October 1930”  sold for €2,800

Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction in RDS included one of Irish artist’s earliest known works

‘Returning Home, Connemara’ attributed to James John Hill was sold for €3,700

Top price of €34,000 achieved for painting by 19th century Irish artist Augustus Burke

The brass plate from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell, the man who ordered the massacre of thousands of Irish people, confiscated land and ordered Catholics to go ‘To Hell or to Connacht’, was sold for £74,500 at auction on Tuesday. Photograph: Sotheby’s London

Memento taken when body was exhumed in 1661 fetches six times the estimate at auction

Oliver Cromwell’s ‘coffin plate’ was “found in a leaden canister, lying on the breast of the corpse”, according to Sotheby’s. Photograph: Sotheby’s

Brass plate from his coffin for sale at Sotheby’s for more than €15,000

The Flapper:  the four leather-bound albums contain a fascinating account of Edwardian life from the perspective of six children who lived in Bushy Park house in Terenure

South Dublin children’s private account of aristocratic life in Edwardian Ireland portrayed in rare ‘monthly magazine’

Detail from Robert Taylor  Carson’s ‘Lighting Up (Old Dan)’, which  is estimated at €6,000-€9,000

Morgan O’Driscoll’s Auctioneers is showing 120 paintings and sculptures

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