Going, going, gone: other top painters who sold big
William Orpen: Born in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, in 1878, he is considered one of our most eminent academic portrait painters. His most highly priced portrait sold is 'Portrait of Gardenia St George with Riding Crop', which went for £1,983,500 in Sotheby's London in 2001.
Jack Butler Yeats: The brother of William, Jack was born in London in 1871 but grew up in Sligo with his maternal grandparents. His most highly priced painting is 'The Whistle of a Jacket', which sold in Christie's London in 2001 for £1.4m.
John Lavery: At 32, Belfast-born Lavery was commissioned to paint the state visit of Queen Victoria to Glasgow in 1888 and this launched his career as a society painter. His most successful art sale to date is £1,321,500 for 'The Bridge at Grez', sold at Christie's London in 1998.
Louis le Brocquy: This Dublin-born artist is possibly best known for his 'Portrait Heads' series, which includes Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Francis Bacon and Bono. His 'A Family' sold in private sale for more than £1.7m in 2002.
William Scott: Born in Scotland in 1913 to Scots-Irish parents, his family moved to his father's native town of Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, when he was 11. Scott is best known for still-life and semi-abstract paintings. His painting 'Bowl, Eggs and Lemons' made £1,071,650 at auction in Christie's London in 2008.