Bargain put in the frame by cut-price sale
Published 07/03/2011 | 05:00
IT was called a "clearance sale" and attracted the sort of numbers normally seen at high-street sales.
Buyers who flocked to the D4 Berkeley Hotel in Dublin yesterday were seeking bargains by major names in Irish art.
More than 350 people were at the 'Irish Art Spring Clean Auction', held by de Vere's Art Auctions, where prices were slashed -- and over half of the paintings went under the hammer without any reserve price.
"Many of the works offered had been in storage for a long period and it was just about getting them sold," Rory Gutherie of de Vere's Art Auctions told the Irish Independent.
Over 300 paintings were up for auction, with sales on the day reaching over €100,000.
One of the biggest bargains of the day was 'The Harbour Wall', a canvas by Markey Robinson, which was expected to sell for €2,000 to €3,000, but which went for €1,700.
The highest price reached was for 'Noreen with Polaroid' by artist Nick Miller, estimated to be worth €3,000 to €5,000, but which went for €3,200.
Photographer John Minihan featured in Lot 148: 'Van Morrison Before A Concert', estimated at between €500 to €700 in value, and sold for €650.