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Thursday 18 September 2014

Christy Brown collection expected to fetch €50,000 at auction

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

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A young Christy Brown at work. My Left Foot was Jim Sheridan's first film
An abstract painting by Christy Brown
An abstract painting by Christy Brown
A self-portrait of Christy Brown
A self-portrait of Christy Brown

Unseen photographs, sketches and poetry complete a collection of artifacts relating to the life of Christy Brown that will be auctioned today.

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Hundreds of items connected to the Irish artist have been catalogued at Bonhams auction house in London and the archive is expected to fetch more than €50,000.

Also included is a letter that Brown wrote in 1952 to his long-time friend Katriona Maguire – who was the first outside the family to foster Brown's talents as an artist and writer by regular visits – expressing his wish to become a published author.

Maguire contributed 40 letters, five of which are written with Brown's left foot and 33 typed with it. Andrew Currie, spokesperson for Bonhams, told the Irish Independent that there has been huge interest in the run- up to today's sale, with many prospective buyers inquiring from the US.

This is partly due to Brown's life being made into director Jim Sheridan's Oscar-winning movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

"We have received a lot of interest in this collection from overseas and that is not unusual," Mr Currie said.

"Christy Brown was obviously a very well-known figure in Ireland, but he and his work are also internationally recognised. He was an inspiration to many so we would expect bidders from far and wide."

The archive is being sold by Brown's family.

Irish Independent

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