Sotheby’s is to re-launch Irish art sales in London on October 21 2015. Highlighting the forthcoming auction is Nude Girl Reading by Sir William Orpen. Estimated at £300,000-500,000, the work was last seen on the market 30 years ago.
Ahead of the auction, Sotheby’s will open its new premises in Dublin at 29 Molesworth Street on June 27 2015, moving from the company’s previous location opposite at 16 Molesworth Street.
Arabella Bishop, head of Sotheby’s Ireland, commented: “Sotheby’s was the first international auction house to hold sales of Irish art, in 1995. Over the last couple of years interest has increased and we have seen new collectors, not only from Ireland but internationally, actively buying and bidding in this field.
“We anticipate that the market for Irish art will continue to gather pace and feel that the moment is right to re-launch an annual dedicated sale. We are also thrilled to be opening our new 1,350 square-foot office in Dublin. This larger space, with excellent private viewing facilities, further cements our commitment to the Irish market.”