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Library buys Christy Brown works


Self-portrait of Christy Brown

Self-portrait of Christy Brown

Self-portrait of Christy Brown

A COLLECTION of invaluable works left behind by the late Christy Brown has been snapped up for €44,733 – and it will remain in Dublin.

The disabled writer was portrayed by Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis in the film My Left Foot, and left behind a sizeable memorabilia collection after his 1981 death.


Fears that it could leave the country have now been allayed, after it was bought jointly by the National Library of Ireland and the Little Museum of Dublin.

It's understood the collection will stay permanently in the National Library while the Little Museum will stage exhibitions of his works.

Unseen photographs, sketches, personal effects and poetry completed the collection of artefacts, relating to the writer's eventful life, which was auctioned at Bonhams in London yesterday.

Included was a letter Brown wrote in 1952 to his long-time friend, Katriona Maguire.

Fans of the Academy Award winning film, directed by Jim Sheridan, will remember her as the dedicated lady who was the first outside the family to foster Brown's talents as an artist and writer.

She visited him regularly and encouraged him to continue writing after witnessing his talent.

Maguire contributed 40 letters to the collection.

Said Bonhams spokesman, Andrew Currie, there was "huge interest" in the auction.

Brown was born into an inner city Dublin home in 1932 and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.


He learned to write and draw using only his left foot, and wrote his autobiography.

Minister for the Arts, Jimmy Deenihan, said he was "delighted" the collection would be staying in Dublin.