Even within his own lifetime Yeats’ debut book was enthusiastically sought after, but on Tuesday morning it failed to reach its projected price range and was withdrawn from sale.
A five page, typed and signed manuscript article by President John F. Kennedy, written while he was briefly employed as a journalist, was also offered for sale. Kennedy’s article, entitled “Eamon de Valera Seeks to Unite All Ireland” was estimated to fetch between $20,000 to $30,000, but it also was withdrawn from auction when it failed to achieve its target price range.
Surprise items like artist Rita Donagh’s 1982 work Single Cell Block boasted a more contemporary Irish political theme, and it quickly sold for it’s initial estimate of $15,000. Donagh’s work dealt with the turbulent political situation in the North during that period.
In all the entire auction began and ended within 45 brisk minutes.