A collection of over 200 items from the Yeats family will go under the hammer in County Kilkenny today.

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Castlecomer have gathered a collection of personal artefacts from the family.

It will be the last significant tranche of items to ever go to auction – and it takes place from 10.15am this morning.

It includes paintings, letters and personal memorabilia from the Yeats family.

They offer a unique insight into Irish literary and artistic history through the eyes of the family.

Auctioneer, Gerorge Fonsie Mealy Junior, says “we have a longstanding relationship with the Yeats family. To be charged with looking after this collection that is of huge importance to Irish history and culture is an honour. We expect some of the items, many of which have never been seen before, to generate a lot of interest,”.

Some of the notable items being offered include: 

  • one of only two known signed and complied sketchbooks to exist from W.B Yeats time in Art College in Dublin (1884-85)
  • A monogrammed briefcase belonging to W.B Yeats, which he subsequently gifted to his son Michael.


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