Christie's auction of Modern British and Irish Art, held on July 16 in London, has been led by William Scott's Blue Still Life.
Scott (1913-1989) was a member of the Royal Academy and one of the most celebrated Ulster painters of the 20th century.
His Still Blue Life, an oil on canvas painted in 1958, sold for £74,500 ($127,619), beating its pre-sale estimate of £40,000-60,000 by 24.1%.
The second highest bids of the sale were seen by Ivon Hitchens' Sussex River, Bridge and Purple Water, which also topped its £35,000 high estimate, selling with a 71.4% increase at £60,000 ($102,585).
Hitchens moved to Sussex in the 1940s, after his house was bombed during the second world war.
He lived in a caravan in a patch of woodland and spent more than 40 years there, creating landscapes and adding to his home with makeshift buildings.
Jack Butler Yeats' Early Away sold within estimate at £50,000 ($86,650). Howard Pyle, author of the catalogue raisonne of Yeats' work describes the scene:
"A man in the early morning assumes a theatrical appearance as he is lit by two lights: the cold light of the dawn at his back, and a warm beam from the open kitchen door lighting his face and his side. Behind him in the yard, a small ginger cat comes down from the wall, walking delicately to meet him, its small form lit from the kitchen as well."
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