Whyte’s Important Irish Art auction on 25 May boasts an exceptional collection of works by some of the most significant names in the art market. The auction will take place at the RDS, Ballsbridge on Monday 25 May at 6pm. Viewing will be open to the public from Saturday to Monday 23 to 24 May, 10am to 6pm. Art aficionados can expect estimates from €80,000-€120,000 at the top end of the market as well as more affordable works under the €5,000 threshold. Two of the highlights of the May auction are striking portraits, the first of British stage and screen legend Gladys Cooper [lot 26, estimated at €80,000-€120,000] by Sir William Orpen. Gladys Cooper sat for Orpen in 1924 when both sitter and artist were at the height of their celebrity. Orpen was by that stage the most sought-after portraitist of his day and Cooper had progressed from chorus girl to West End leading lady having first

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