World records and white gloves

Ireland’s auction houses had an excellent year, with two white glove sales, two world records and, best of all, a stabilisation of the market

15th December, 2019
Mainie Jellett’s The Land Éire sold for €140,000

The tradition of describing a sale where 100 per cent of lots sell as a white glove sale was begun by Sotheby’s in the 1940s - at the end of the sale, the auctioneer was presented with a pair of white gloves. Such sales are rarer than hens’ teeth. In 2019 Ireland had two, both at Whyte’s.

Grossing €5.5 million, Whyte’s November sale of the Ernie O’Malley Collection saw two new world...

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