Yeats' Crossing the City auctions tonight in Dublin

Jack B Yeats' Crossing the City is expected to be one of the leading attractions at a major auction of British and Irish art in Dublin this evening (October 1).

The 1929 work, which depicts the centre of the Irish capital, has a high estimate of €150,000 ($193,450).

Yeats Crossing the City
Jack B Yeats’ $193,450-estimated Crossing the City

"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," states the auctioneer.

Hopes are high for the work following successful results for the artist of late.

Yeats' 1925 work A Fair Day, Mayo sold for €1m ($1.3m) in September 2011, setting a record for an artwork sold in Ireland in the process.

Crossing the City is one of several Yeats paintings going under the hammer tonight. His 1913 piece The Forester has a €10,000 ($12,900) high valuation, while a trio of depictions of saints are anticipated to achieve between €7,000 ($9,025) and €8,000 ($10,300) each.

The auction will also feature Leo Whelan's 1912 self-portrait. Produced when the artist was just 20, it is expected to make up to €20,000 ($25,800).

The world record for the artist was set in 2007 by his €265,000 ($341,700) Waiting.

Harry Kernoff's 1941 watercolour Davy Byrne's Pub, Duke Street, From The Bailey, Dublin will also appear, with a €35,000 ($45,125) high valuation.

The oil version of the same scene sold for €130,000 to the National Gallery of Ireland in 2000.

We will bring you full results of the sale, so make sure you check back here soon.

You can view our superb selection of art pieces for sale today here.


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