Glasses belonging to WB Yeats sell for €10,000 at auction in Kilkenny

Glasses belonging to WB Yeats sell for €10,000 at auction in Kilkenny

A pair of glasses belonging to WB Yeats were sold for €10,000 at auction yesterday.

Fonsie Mealy Auctionners in Castlecomer in County Kilkenny held the auction at their salesroom.

Over 200 items were sold including paintings, letters and personal memorabilia.

A sketchbook from Yeats time in college in Dublin sold for €17,000.


Auction results:

  • A pair of WB’s optical glasses. – Seeing the world through the eyes of the poet, a pair of W.B. Yeats ‘Pince-Nez’ optical glasses, thought to be 19thcentury were conservatively estimated at between €500-600. They fetched €10,000 under the hammer.
  • Lot 630, One of only two known signed and compiled sketchbooks to exist from W.B Yeats time in Art College in Dublin (1884-85) guide-lined at between €3,500 and €5,000 and went for €17,000.
  • A rare original fine ink sketch by John B. Yeats of his son W.B, which was reproduced in William B. Yeats’ first separate publication, ‘Mosada’.The superb drawing is characteristic of J.B Yeats at his very best, bringing out his twenty-year-old son’s vulnerability as well as his determination. Sold for €21,000.
  • A monogrammed briefcase belonging to W.B Yeats, which he subsequently gifted to his son Michael. Estimated at between €600-800, sold for €3,400.
  • A set of Tarot cards designed by Pamela Colman Smith, thought to belong to Georgina, wife of W.B Yeats. – Conservatively estimated at between €450 – 600, fetched €4,800.
  • A poignant photograph of Maud Gonne, from W.B’s collection sold for €1,300.