The art of the human bean

A sculpture by FE McWilliam rescued from 9/11 is at de Veres’ upcoming Irish art auction

17th November, 2019
Return of Ulysses by Hughie O’Donoghue

You’d be hard pushed to find anything good to say about Lehman Brothers, the US investment bank that went bust in 2008, greatly contributing to the biggest global financial collapse in history. That said, the company certainly had a good eye for art. A headline lot at de Veres is a sculpture by FE McWilliam, Anthropomorphic Bean, bronze with gold patina, executed in 1965 and 76.8cm high.

Part of the Lehman Brothers’ art collection was...

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