At Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on Tuesday, September 13th , the biggest surprise was the sale of The Cello Player, by Sir John Lavery, for £112,500 (€132,000), four times the estimate of £20,000-£30,000.
Overall, 65 per cent of the lots sold. Top price was achieved for Mending Nets, Aran, by Gerard Dillon, which sold to an American buyer for £191,000, exceeding the top estimate of £150,000, six years after it last changed hands at Adam’s in Dublin for €80,000.
Lot 12, The Road by the Lake, by Paul Henry, sold to a “UK private” buyer for £185,000, well above the estimate of £60,000-£80,000.
Sotheby’s said some artists had achieved record prices, including Gottfried Helnwein,
the Austrian painter who lives in Co Tipperary, whose The Disasters of
War, 47 (lot 70), made £115,000 (estimate, £30,000-£50,000); and Patrick
Scott, whose Goldpainting (lot 56) made £68,750 (estimate,