Whytes

Whyte’s are an auction house based in Dublin, Ireland. They have been trading Irish art and collectables since 1783 with their main events held in the Royal Dublin Society’s Clyde Rooms and others in the Freemason’s Hall near the company’s central offices and viewing galleries.

In addition to their Important Irish Art and British & Irish Art sales, they hold regular History, Literature & Collectables sales, as well as occasional single-owner auctions.


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Copy of Proclamation of the Irish Republic takes €190,000 at Whyte’s

14 September 2020

In 1916 around 500 copies of the historic ‘Proclamation of the Irish Republic’ were printed, of which today just 30 or so survivors are recorded.

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Collectors give Grosvenor artist Greengrass a try

10 August 2020

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School provided an ideal medium to portray speed and movement in the inter-war machine age – and were perfect for sport subjects too. Those created by Sybil Andrews, such as her classic speedway image, are the best known on this theme.

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Illuminating artworks sold at Whyte’s in Ireland

06 April 2020

The ROSC art exhibitions – ‘rosc’ being an Irish word roughly translated as ‘the poetry of vision’ – were the first major series of large-scale international art shows in Ireland.

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Sensitive portrait of ‘quiet Ulsterman’ grabs the attention

20 January 2020

A sensitive portrait of a First World War soldier by the Irish painter William Orpen (1878-1931) was among a series of valuable lots chased by bidders at art sales in Dublin.

‘Reverie’ by Jack Butler Yeats

Jack Butler Yeats dominates auction of Ernie O'Malley collection in Dublin

02 December 2019

One of the highest-ever totals for an art auction in Ireland was set last week when the sale of the Ernie O'Malley collection held by Dublin saleroom Whyte's in association with Christie's raised a premium-inclusive total of €5.42m (£4.65m).

Evening in Spring by Jack Butler Yeats

Irish auction house Whyte’s teams up with Christie’s to disperse the Ernie O’Malley collection

04 November 2019

Dublin auction house Whyte’s will be offering works from the collection of leading Irish revolutionary Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) on November 25. The sale is held in association with Christie’s and will take place at the Royal Dublin Society.

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Guinness is toast of Irish sales

21 October 2019

Cubist work by often-overlooked artist fuels keen bidding before heading to California.

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Missing painting by John Lavery discovered by Dublin auctioneer Whyte's

04 October 2019

A painting by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) consigned to Irish auctioneer Whyte’s by a man in Lancashire, has been identified as having been stolen 25 years ago from a British public school.

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On the gradual road to recovery

24 June 2019

Irish art market makes a sedate journey back to strength as local buyers dominate.

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Post-war Irish art: Five pictures to be offered at upcoming Whyte’s auction in Dublin

23 May 2019

As demand for Mod Brit art continues its upward trajectory, ATG takes a closer look at mid-century Irish work for sale at a forthcoming Whyte’s auction in Dublin on May 27, exploring the unique influences on ‘Mod Irish’ artists of that era.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

20 May 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Names to watch out for in Irish sculpture scene

22 October 2018

Representing just a fraction of the international art market and often overshadowed by the demand for 2D art, Irish sculpture has undergone a quieter recovery.

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Looking out for fresh Irish art

22 October 2018

While demand is encouraging, a scarcity of high-quality work is hitting the supply side

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Previews: £30,000 plus

24 September 2018

Gracing the catalogue cover of Whyte’s Irish & International Art auction in Dublin on October 1 is this work by Séan Keating (1889-1977).

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Female Irish artists pack a punch at auction

11 June 2018

Though their output was dwarfed by their male counterparts, talented 20th century Irish female artists pack a punch in the saleroom when their art does appear at auction.

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Sunny outlook for Irish art in Dublin

11 June 2018

John Magnier, the Irish horse breeder and art collector, reportedly made a five-fold return on his Amadeo Modigliani reclining nude when it sold at Sotheby’s New York last month for $139m (£102.2m).

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Pick of the Week: Price is right on the gunmoney

14 May 2018

A rare James II ‘gunmoney’ half-crown sold for €10,500 (£8850) at Whyte’s sale titled the Eclectic Collector in Dublin.

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Hammer prices and the silver screen

03 May 2018

Gothic literature is perhaps most alive in the public imagination today through cinema, with horror films inspired by the classic Gothic stories going back to the earliest days of the medium.

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Le Brocquy heading back up in value

26 March 2018

The work of Dublin painter Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) is strengthening after the value of his work went spiralling downwards at the height of the Celtic Tiger crash nearly a decade ago.

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Tolkien provides signature on a slip

12 February 2018

First-edition sets with well-preserved jackets and perhaps a signature or an inscription usually make the really big money where Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is concerned, but a recent Dublin sale produced something rather unusual.

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