Thursday 19 April 2018

Mystery painting dominates auction

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

FOR anyone with a bare space on their wall, this might be the auction for you. The only caveat is you might require a Georgian mansion.

One of the more unusual items to go under the hammer at the new Dublin Auction Rooms is a mammoth oil painting of the Crucifixion, which measures in at 11ft high and 9ft wide.

Andy Webb, who has just set up the monthly auction based on the East Wall on Dublin's northside, explained the painting had been in storage for around a decade in a yard before they obtained it for tomorrow's sale.

Mr Webb said they had contacted the National Gallery of Ireland in a bid to shed more light on its origins. "They don't know where it comes from. It is a mystery. They said it might date from the 1700s or more than probably the 1900s. It could be Italian," he said.

"We think it might have come from a cathedral, that's the only information we have. We are interested in finding out more about it, if anyone might know what it is or its origins."

He said that made it difficult to estimate its value and it could be worth anything from €200 to €5,000. It stands out among the items going up for auction in Merchant's Yard in Dublin tomorrow, Mr Webb added.

"The market has changed an awful lot. There are younger couples coming in as well," he said.

Many people are now hunting through attics and old sheds in the hopes of unearthing an old family heirloom. In recent weeks, a brother and sister were left shocked after a vase uncovered during the clearance of their parents' house fetched £51.6m (€61.6m) at auction in London. Interest from China had been high as the vase dated from the 18th Century dynasty of Emperor Qianlong.

Irish Independent

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