Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Sinead O'Connor nude art on sale again

A controversial nude portrait of singer Sinead O'Connor is to go under the hammer again — because the wife of the new owner didn't like it.

‘Strange Days' caused a frisson at the Irish Art Exhibition at the Royal Dublin Society in 2005 when it sold for €15,000 (£13,128).

However the mystery buyer never hung the canvas and has returned it to auction house Whyte's.

“We often find men who buy nude paintings and bring them home tend to arrive back with them for the next auction because they didn't consult ‘the management' at home,” Ian Whyte, managing director of Whyte's auctioneers said.

The painting is signed by both the artist and Sinead O'Connor herself and is back on the market at €10,000 (£8,753).

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