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BBC Roadshow painting makes 150K
The painting had been in the seller's family since the 1920s
The painting had been in the seller's family since the 1920s
A painting discovered by chance on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme has made almost 150,000 at auction.

Artist Paul Henry, who was born in Belfast, painted Dooega Achill Island, Co Mayo around 1918-1920.

The work reached four times its estimate when it went under the hammer at James Adam auctioneers in Dublin.

The painting had been in the seller's family since the 1920s and was only discovered when valued on the BBC Antiques Roadshow at Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire, in the summer.

The pre-sale guide price was 60,000 euros, but fetched 220,000 euros. It was among 170 works that went under the hammer.

Paul Henry was born in 1876 and moved to Paris when he was 22. He later moved to Achill Island and then Dublin. He died in 1958.

The village of Dooega is situated a few miles south east of Keel, Henry's base for most of his time on Achill.

James O'Halloran of James Adam said: "We're delighted to have sold this Paul Henry discovery so successfully for our clients, who I imagine will be four times as shocked at tonight's price compared to their unexpected on-screen valuation earlier in the year.

"It's a classic Paul Henry landscape that was fresh to market and in original condition, making it a highly desirable painting by the widely celebrated Irish artist.

"The Paul Henry was one of a number of star-lots in this much anticipated auction that so far has been a resounding success."

Also in the sale, an Irish auction record was achieved for Louis le Brocquy's Sick Tinker Child, which made 970,000 euros.




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