A "WHYTE GLOVE SALE" FOR ERNIE O'MALLEY COLLECTION BREAKS RECORDS
Posted On 26/11/2019
The Ernie O'Malley Art Collection went under the hammer at Whyte's on Monday 25 November, and grossed over €5.5 million.
Every single lot sold, making it a "white glove sale", the term Sotheby's coined to define a 100% sold rate at auction.
The highlights were the Jack Yeats paintings Reverie, €1.7 million, a new world record for the artist, Evening in Spring, €1.6 million, The Enfolding Night, €640,000, Death For The Only One, €600,000 and The Fighting Dawn, €400,000. Other notable prices were achieved for Mainie Jellet's The Land Eire at €140,000, a new world record for the artist, Colin Middleton Saint John Retrospect €45,000, and Louis le Brocquy Tinker Diviner, €36,000. A Jack Yeats sketchbook broken into 33 single lots, which sold from €1,000 to €17,000 each, totalling over €80,000, made the job lot of 150 sketches which realised £42,000 at Sotheby's last week an absolute steal!
Whyte's don't draw breath before their next auction will be held next Monday, 2 December, with viewing at the Royal Dublin Society from Saturday 30 November to Monday 2 December.
Prices quoted include buyers' premium of 13.5% to 25% plus VAT.