Saturday 21 April 2018

WB Yeats's iconic pince-nez snapped up for €10,000

WB Yeats wearing his pince-nez glasses Picture: Hulton Archive/George C. Beresford
WB Yeats wearing his pince-nez glasses Picture: Hulton Archive/George C. Beresford
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A pair of poet WB Yeats's iconic spectacles sold for 20 times the guide price at auction last night.

The gilt-framed pince-nez glasses and spectacle cord - believed to date back to the 19th century - went under the hammer for €10,000, well above the guide price of between €500 and €600.

The glasses were among more than 200 lots of items belonging to the Yeats's family - including paintings, letters and personal memorabilia - that went under the hammer at Fonsie Mealy's Chatsworth Salerooms in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, yesterday. The auction, entitled The Yeats Family Collection - The Final Chapter, was described as the 'last significant tranche of items' from the family to go to auction.

Irish Independent

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