WORKS by pop-art pioneer Andy Warhol and British art's enfant terrible Damien Hirst are among the 289 lots going under the hammer at a major auction being held today.
The auction at Cork's Radisson Blu hotel is expected to generate a huge amount of interest from Irish and international buyers.
Three Warhol prints are among the items for sale, with the screenprint 'Speedskater' expected to generate a lot of interest with an estimated price of €10,000 to €15,000.
Controversial artist Hirst, who famously presented a variety of dead animals in formaldehyde for his earlier works, has two prints of his "spot paintings" up for auction, including 'Cephalothin', which is expected to make up to €8,000.
Other highlights of the sale include 'Music Session' by William Conor, which is estimated at €14,000 to €18,000 and 'Spanish Fishing Village' by Gerard Dillon, which is expected to fetch more than €20,000.
Auctioneer Morgan O'Driscoll said that he was expecting a large turnout for the sale, as well as a lot of interest from internet buyers.
"The auction presents very desirable, quality artworks from both Irish and internationally renowned artists.
"There are also up to 100 lots in this auction that have estimates of between €200 and €1,000, which makes it potentially very accessible to many people."
Mr O'Driscoll said that despite the recession there was still a "healthy interest" in the Irish art scene and that recent auction results showed "the market can be vibrant and lively with purchasers still prepared to travel to acquire their desired artwork".