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Monday 29 May 2017

Yours for €600 – art buffs line up a Yeats or Le Brocquy bargain

Fergus Black

THEY are among the country's most sought-after artists and their works can set you back a tidy sum.

But collectors could snap up a Louis le Brocquy or a Jack B Yeats for as little as €800-€1,000 when the latest Irish art collection goes under the hammer.

More than 200 lots with an estimated value of up to €1.5 million – which also include works by William Orpen and John Lavery – will be sold by Whyte's auction house this month.

Attention will focus on a Jack B Yeats oil-on-board painting, 'The Comforter', 1952, valued at €150,000-€200,000, while 'Against the Stream', 1945, has a guide price of €50,000-€70,000.

But it is still possible to pick up a bargain. Lot 59, a Yeats piece for a first-edition book entitled 'Life in The West of Ireland', is valued at just €600-€800.

Works by Louis le Broquy, who died last April at the age of 95, will also feature.

While one of his works, 'Adam and Eve In The Garden', 1950-1952 carries a guide of €40,000-€60,000, a lithographic brush drawing entitled 'Naked Woman Tain', 1969, is estimated at a mere €800-€1,000.

Whyte's managing director Ian Whyte said that although art values have taken a hit, collectors were returning to the market.

"There is still a lot of money out there . . . and because people feel they are not getting a great return, they quite fancy having a picture on their wall to enjoy," he said.

The Whyte's contemporary and traditional Irish art auction will take place on November 26 in Clyde Hall at the RDS.

Irish Independent

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