Art experts on way to Derry for valuation event

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Experts from auction house Bonhams are on their way to Derry to unearth the North’s hidden art gems.

Charles O’Brien, a specialist in 19th century painting and Matthew Bradbury, a modern British and Irish art expert, will hold two valuation days at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel on September 17 and 18.

A spokesman for Bonhams said the event has already attracted significant interest and Bonhams ask the public to book an appointment in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bonhams has had great success sourcing art in Ireland to date, such as Old-Age Pensioners by Belfast born artist Paul Henry (1876-1958), which was sold last year in London for £109,250 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale.

Local artist Paul Henry lived for many years on Achill Island and is most well known for his depictions of the Irish West Coast.

The sculpture Bird by Dame Elizabeth Frink was found in a private Irish collection and sold for £86,400. Acquired directly from the artist by the owner’s family, the work had never before been offered for sale.

Another impressive painting from an Irish source turned out to be a 19th century Eugenio Cecconi painting worth £68,450.

The picture, inherited by its owner, had been misattributed and kept in storage for many years. Bonhams specialists were able to inform the owner of the correct Italian artist and true value of the work. The painting was included in an exhibition of paintings at Bonhams Rome Office, and subsequently, made three times the top estimate at sale in London.

Anyone who would like to have painting or art work valued is asked to attend between 10am and 4:30pm.

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact its Irish office at or +353 (0)1 6020990