Haughey art collection up for auction


Almost 100 lots of paintings, prints and sculpture once owned by the former taoiseach, Charles Haughey, are included in Adam’s 19th and 20th century art sale in Dublin this evening.

The Haughey lots, described in the catalogue as “residual artworks from Abbeville, Kinsealy” and valued at €30,000-40,000, consist mainly of graphic works by artists such as Patrick Hickey, Maria Simmonds-Gooding, Louis le Brocquy and Ruth Brandt.

There are also a collection of Cuala Press prints, several dozen watercolour Irish landscapes and several pieces of sculpture, including a bronze bull by John Behan and a 1981 wood bust of Haughey himself by the sculptor John Haugh.

The other main element in the auction is a group of 120 paintings and sculptures from the collection of Charles Hennessy, the Cork solicitor and former member of the Arts Council who died last year.

The highlights include 12 Louis le Brocquy lithographs from the Táin series estimated at €800-€1,200 each, contemporary paintings by John O’Leary, Michael Cullen and Michael Mulcahy and several 19th and early 20th century depictions of Cork scenes and landmarks.

The auction will also feature a number of sketches by Mary Swanzy and Mainie Jellett, and ceramics by John ffrench.