New Yeats painting up for auction
A Jack B Yeats painting will go under the hammer next week just two months after one of his masterpieces fetched one million euro.
Jazz Babies, a rare self-portrait of the artist, will be sold for an estimated half a million euro at Adam's in Dublin on Monday.
The piece was last seen in public more than 40 years ago and is being sold by a private Irish collector.
Four other Yeats paintings will also be among the 150 important Irish artworks on sale, including a previously unseen work called The Princess and the Circus, and Evening Kildare, which once belonged to playwright George Bernard Shaw. Other artists featured include Paul Henry, Louis Le Brocquy, Mary Swanzy and Gerard Dillon.
Elsewhere, an 18-carat gold Hunter case pocket watch and chain mentioned in James Joyce's Ulysses is due to fetch an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 euro. It belonged to the then Superintendent of Prospect Cemetery (Glasnevin) John O'Connell.
James O'Halloran, managing director at Adam's, said: "This is without doubt one of the finest Irish art sales we have put together for a number of years, dominated by exceptional paintings by Jack Yeats.
"Over the past year, we have noticed a surge in demand for works by Jack Yeats, encouraged even more so by the one million euro record price we recently achieved."
The sale will be previewed at Adam's this weekend before the auction at 6pm on Monday.