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Rare Christy Brown collection for auction

A TREASURE trove of rare and previously unseen writings, paintings and personal items belonging to Christy Brown are set to go under the hammer later this month.


The personal and family archive of the Dublin artist will be up for sale in London auction house Bonhams, and it is expected to fetch up to €49,000.

The massive collection includes more than 100 letters written to and from the artist, previously unseen manuscripts and poems, as well as a multitude of personal effects, including his passport and a photograph of Brown laid out in his coffin.

Andrew Currie from Bonhams said this collection will be the last available archive of material from the late writer, as the rest is housed in the National Library of Ireland.

"It is important in the sense that there isn't very much about Christy Brown in terms of materials that's left and isn't in other places," he said.

Brown – whose life was depicted in the Oscar-winning film My Left Foot – was born with cerebral palsy and became an acclaimed writer and artist after he learned to draw and write using his left foot.