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Bargain

Here are some of the big name artists' paintings that sold for €50 last week

Some of the artists’ regularly reach thousands of euro for their work.

PEOPLE QUEUED DOWN the street last weekend to get a chance to potentially buy a piece of art by a well-known artist for just €50.

The Incognito art auction fundraiser for the Jack and Jill Foundation was a big hit last week, with people queuing up outside the Solomon Gallery at the Westbury Mall from 4am on Friday morning.

“It was astonishing,” Jack and Jill Foundation CEO Hugo Jellett told TheJournal.ie. “It completely wrong-footed us. The scale of the whole thing was beyond anything we expected.”

As part of the project, over 1,000 artists from around the world donated over 1,500 original miniature art pieces – selling for just €50 each.

The catch? People didn’t know which of the pieces were painted by the 50 well-known artists that make them potentially worth thousands of euro.

Here’s a selection of the pieces by well-known artists from last week’s exhibition and what their work might usually sell for.

Peter Curling 

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Peter Curling was born in Waterford in 1955 and studied in England and Florence.

Curling is well-known for his work depicting horses, and regularly achieves between €3000 and €7000 for a medium-sized oil painting.

Alice Maher

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Alice Maher was born in Tipperary in 1956. She is a noted visual artist who works across a variety of different media including sculpture, installation, drawing and photography.

Maher would reach €900 for a limited edition print.

David Crone 

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David Crone was born in Belfast in 1937 and studied at sculpture at Belfast College of Art before moving on to focus on painting.

He is a member of the RHA and recently reached €2,200 for an oil painting.

Mick O’Dea

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Mick O’Dea was born in 1958 and grew up in Ennis, Co Clare.

He is a member of the RHA and has received numerous awards for his work.

His pieces generally sell for €1,000.

Martin Gale

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Martin Gale was born in Worchester, England, in 1949 and was elected as a full member of the RHA in 1996.

He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions of his work and his full pieces usually sell for about €9,000.

Abigail O’Brien

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Abigail O’Brien was born in 1957 and is a member of the RHA.

She is a contemporary artist and works across many media, including photography, sculpture, video, sound and embroidery.

She recently sold a chrome print for €3,000.

Read: You could end up buying art worth thousands of euro for just €50

Read: People queued up from 4am to buy art that’s worth thousands of euro for only €50

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