Irish poets Wilde and Yeats' work sells for £130,000 at auction

Wilde A photograph of Oscar Wilde taken by Napoleon Sarony doubled its estimate
Oscar Wilde The handwritten manuscript of Wilde's Heart's Yearnings
Alice Boughton's photograph of a young W B Yeats Alice Boughton's photograph of a young W B Yeats
W B Yeats Draft copies of William Butler Yeats' poems, Are You Content? and The Spirit Medium, were sold for £15,000

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Poems by two of Ireland's most famous writers in their own handwriting, alongside photographs of them, have fetched more than £130,000 at auction.

The manuscript of an early poem, Heart's Yearnings, by Oscar Wilde, written at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1874, sold for £67,250.

It had an estimate of £12,000 to £15,000.

Draft copies of William Butler Yeats' poems, Are You Content? and The Spirit Medium, were sold for £15,000.

A famous photograph of Wilde taken in New York and signed by the poet went for double the estimated price at £16,250.

It was the work of Napoleon Sarony and was taken to publicise Wilde's writer's tour of America.

The manuscript of one of Wilde's most original poems, Les Ballons, sold for £16,250. It is the only known copy of the entire poem in Wilde's hand.

The manuscript was formerly in the collection of John Stetson Jnr, whose father, also John, invented the Stetson hat.

A photograph of William Butler Yeats taken by another American photographer, Alice Boughton, in 1903, was sold for £18,750.

The picture was signed by Yeats in pen and ink and by Alice Boughton in pencil on the image and in ink on the back. It had an estimate of £4,000 to £5,000.

The items were auctioned at Bonham's in New Bond Street, London.

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