Yeats' Crossing the City auctions for $126,650 in Dublin

Jack B Yeats' Crossing the City has sold for €98,000 ($126,662) at an auction of British and Irish art in Dublin.

The 1929 work, which depicts the centre of the Irish capital, was the October 1 auction's top seller.

Yeats Crossing the City
Yeats' Crossing the City made $126,662

"The painting provides a rare example of expressionism in Irish art in its strong individual application of form and colour to a contemporary subject - the city," said the auction house prior to the sale.

While coming in just below the €100,000 estimate, its fair showing confirms the current appetite for the Irishman's paintings.

Yeats' 1925 work A Fair Day, Mayo made €1m ($1.3m) in September last year, setting a new record for an artwork sold in Ireland in the process.

Leo Whelan's 1912 self-portrait The Mirror, produced when the artist was just 20, enjoyed an estimate-beating performance, pushing past its €20,000 valuation with a €24,000 ($31,017) showing.

The world record for the artist was set in 2007 by his €265,000 ($342,480) Waiting.

Leo Whelan The Mirror
Leo Whelan's 1912 self-portrait The Mirror beat its estimate

Cian McLoughlin's Import also performed well, selling within estimate for €30,000 ($38,771).

Harry Kernoff's 1941 watercolour Davy Byrne's Pub, Duke Street, From The Bailey, Dublin sold well within estimate for €29,000 ($37,476). The oil version of the same scene sold to the National Gallery of Ireland in 2000 for €130,000 ($167,997), a clear sign of the market's greater regard for oil pieces.

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