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Last selection of Yeats family lots

Auction back on home soil offers further 200-lot sell-out group after initial London outing

£1 = €1.11

The material connected with William Butler Yeats in the family home of his son, the late Senator Michael, has proved as controversial – and profitable – as the great man’s writing itself.

Amid protests from the Irish culturati, the pick of the material was offered in 224 lots at Sotheby’s in September, garnering some £2m (ATG No 2311).

At Kilkenny auctioneers Fonsie Mealy (20% buyer’s premium) on November 14, amid considerably less strife, the rest of the pieces from Cliff House, Dalkey, added a further €300,000 (£270,000).

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