Auction results: Strong price for Rasher, drop in Louis le Brocquy

What sold and what’s coming up in the auction rooms

Auction results

Morgan O'Driscoll, online Irish Art auction, March 11th: Louis le Brocquy's The Flower Seller South Anne Street Christmas Eve, which sold for €18,000 in 2007 achieved €4,000 (€4,000-€6,000). The self-portrait of Irish figurative artist Mark "Rasher" Kavanagh sold for €1,200, and the David Bowie face masks achieved €1,400 (€500-€700).

Adam's, St Stephen's Green Dublin, Works on Paper, March 12th: Lucas Van Leyden's copper plate etchings sold for €3,000 (€3,000-€5,000). Samuel Beckett's Whoroscope, €1,900 (€2,000-€3,000), and his Stirrings Still achieved €1,300 (€1,200-€1,600). Lot 149, Antiques de Rome by Desgodetz sold for €2,300 (€ 1,000-€1,500).

Forthcoming Auctions

Wednesday, 20th March (postponed from Tuesday, March 12th): Victor Mee Auctions, Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Eclectic collection of almost 700 lots includes period furniture, paintings and a selection of African artefacts (65 lots) from collector Allen Denton Miller. See

Friday, March 22nd: Adams of Blackrock An auction of paintings by Gerard Byrne at the artist's gallery at 15 Chelmsford Road in Ranelagh with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust. See


Saturday, March 23rd: Lynes and Lynes, Carrigtohill, Co Cork. An executor's sale of the recently sold De Courcey House in Kinsale will offer a fine selection of furniture and paintings from the Georgian property to include, lot 225: a set of Cork mahogany dining chairs (€3,000-€4,000). Of nautical interest are two ships chairs and a ships library table from the White Star liner RMS Celtic, which ran aground in Cork harbour in 1928 – the chairs have an estimate of €200-€300 each and the mahogany table €200-€300. Also included is a cased builder's model of a Stena Line ferry extending to more than 1.8m in length. (€1,500- €2,000). See

Wednesday, March 27th: Adam's, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 The Important Irish Art sale of 166 lots will include work by Walter Osborne, Basil Blackshaw, Charles Lamb and Aloysius O'Kelly. See

Wednesday, March 27th: O'Reillys Auction Rooms, Francis Street, Dublin 8 The monthly sale of fine jewels, silver and watches will feature over 681 lots to include a selection of eternity rings and a large selection of loose stones. See

Wednesday, March 27th: Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London Fine Books Atlases and Manuscripts sale will offer lot 28, a letter announcing the expulsion of Robert Emmet and fellow students from Trinity College in 1798, for being members of treasonable societies with two lists of all 19 expelled (€1,200-€1,700). Lot 261 is a typescript draft, with autograph revisions and corrections, of The Words upon the Window Pane, signed and inscribed by WB Yeats on the title page (€2,300-€4,700).

Forthcoming Fairs

Sunday March 24th: Antique and Vintage Fair, Sutton Marine Hotel, Co Dublin, 11-6pm

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables