Helena visits Skibbereen auctioneer's NYC show

April 16th, 2019 12:33 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Morgan O'Driscoll and Dublin auctioneer Chantal O'Sullivan in New York with Daniel O'Neill's painting ‘Isobel' which caught Helena's eye. (Photo: James Higgins)

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THERE were supermodels every bit as beautiful as the images on display at a unique art exhibition in New York last week.

The event was historic because Skibbereen’s Morgan O’Driscoll became the first Irish auctioneer ever to stage a moveable ‘Irish and International Art’ exhibition of this size and scale.

The exhibition attracted huge crowds when it went on display in Manhattan, but everyone was smitten when the stunning supermodel Helena Christensen came to view the 161 works of art by 91 artists.

Ms Christensen was rather taken with Daniel O’Neill’s painting ‘Isobel’ but it – like everything else in the exhibition – won’t go under the hammer until 6pm on Monday, April 29th next.

Morgan told The Southern Star: ‘It was a pleasure to meet Helena. She has a genuine appreciation and knowledge of art and was very complimentary about the exhibition and the fact that it was the first of its kind.’

There were several other celebrity guests in attendance, such as John Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Hotels, fashion designer Louise Kennedy, Ireland General Consul to New York Ciaran Madden and New York’s legendary River Cafe owner Buzzy O’Keeffe.

Next week the exhibition goes to La Galleria in Pall Mall, London, before making its way back to Morgan’s hometown and base of operations at Ilen Street, Skibbereen, over the Easter weekend. Then, it is on to the RDS for a further four days of viewings and the grand auction on April 29th.

Morgan described the move as ‘an exciting next step’ for his company and confirmed that the auction is already attracting national and international buyers who are drawn to the many gems, such as the rare Harry Kernoff study of James Joyce.

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