Short Guide to One of Ireland's Most Prestigious Auctioneers of Fine Art.

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Whyte & Sons: Fine Art Auctioneers

Run by the Whyte family, possessing a reputation for integrity and discretion acquired over more than two centuries of trading in Dublin, Whyte's are Ireland’s premier art auction house. Each year, the company stages 4-6 carefully planned sales of high quality Irish art, predominantly from private art collections and estates. Much of the excitement at Whyte's art auctions stems from the fact that numerous lots have not been seen in public for many years.

Offices, Sales Previews, Auctions

Whytes administrative offices and art galleries are situated in Georgian premises in the centre of Dublin near St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College, Leinster House and Grafton Street. Sale Previews take place a week or two before auction date, with smaller auctions being held at the historic local Freemasons Hall. However, all major Irish Art sales are staged at the Minerva Suite of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), located in the Dublin suburb of Ballsbridge. This exclusive venue offers all the necessary comforts as well as ample and secure car parking.

Sales Catalogue

As an indispensable service to art-collectors, all major sales of Irish painting and Irish sculpture are supported by Whyte's critically acclaimed catalogues, which rival those of the London and New York auction houses in quality of information and production.

Executive Expertise

Ian Whyte, the Managing Director has four decades of experience in handling specialised sales of collectibles and a deep knowledge of the Irish art market. He has appeared many times on television and radio and in both national and overseas newspapers. Jane Eckett BSc BA, a fellow director of Whyte's is a first class honours graduate of the Power Institute of Art, University of Sydney. Currently completing her research Masters through the Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin, she contributes articles and reviews to CIRCA and various international art publications, is a member of the Irish Association of Art Historians, and is currently co-editing the inaugural issue of their journal, ARTEfact. They are supported by several other experts in Irish and international art.

Latest Information

For details of forthcoming art sales, as well as more information about the range of valuation and other advisory services offered by Whytes to private art-buyers as well as corporate and institutional art investors, contact:

Whyte and Sons
38 Molesworth Street
Dublin 2
Phone: 01-676-2888
Fax: 01-676-2880
Website: whytes.ie

Other fine art auction houses in Ireland include: Adam's, de Veres, Loughlin Bowe, and John Ross & Co.

Top Sales Results At Auction

For details of record sale prices for Irish art, see: Most Expensive Irish Paintings. For a comparison with world art prices, see: Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings. For a complete listing of the most valuable works, please see: Top 20 Most Expensive Paintings.

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• For more about the Irish cultural infrastructure, see: Visual Arts in Ireland.

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