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New world record for Giacometti sculpture likely - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Christie’s is hoping that its New York auction on May 11th will also see a new world record achieved for sculpture. It is has announced an estimate in the region of $130 million for L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) by Alberto Giacometti. The curator of Christie’s auction, Loic Gouzer, said: “Since I’ve been in the auction business, I’ve always heard that Giacometti’s Pointing Man was the ultimate masterpiece of sculpture from a collector’s point of view. “Being able to offer it in the same night alongside Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) is more than just a dream come true – because I would have never dared to dream it,” he said. L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) is a life-size bronze and one of the famous “stick man’ pieces for which the artist is famous. Bronze Christie’s...
Michael Flatley takes centre-stage in art world - Saturday, April 18, 2015
The highest-valued painting to go to auction in Ireland so far this year is not a work by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, Sir John Lavery or any of the other traditional top-selling artists but by Michael Flatley.
Auction of modern Iraqi art at Bonhams is world ‘f... - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Bonhams will hold an auction in London on Wednesday entitled A Century of Iraqi Modernism, which it describes as “a comprehensive sale showcasing the major Iraqi artists and artistic movements of the 20th century” and “the first auction of its kind anywhere in the world”. The occasion is a rare glimmer of positive cultural news about Iraq amidst the ongoing, barbaric destruction of Assyrian antiquities by Islamic State terrorists, which has been classified as a war crime by the United Nations. Nima Sagharchi, head of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art at Bonhams, said: “Iraq has been one of the most creatively fertile areas in the region, and it is important for the international market to recognise the achievements that Iraqi art has made, despite the difficult circumst...
Auctions & Fairs - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Great opportunity to have pieces of art valued thi... - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Wondering if an unsigned west of Ireland painting you inherited might be a Paul Henry or just a very good copy? Anxious to value a family heirloom? Think a Chinese vase you picked up at a carboot sale might be seriously valuable?
Picasso painting poised to break world auction rec... - Saturday, April 18, 2015
A 1950s painting by Picasso looks set to become the most expensive art work ever sold at auction – and knock Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon off the top spot – when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s in New York next month with an estimate “in the region of” $140 million. If, as expected, the final price for Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) exceeds the estimate, the painting is likely to overtake the current record of $142.4 million (€ 114m) set, also at Christie’s in New York, in 2013, for Three Studies of Lucian Freud, a triptych portrait by Bacon of his friend and fellow artist – the highest price ever paid at auction for any work of art. Record prices Higher prices have, reputedly, been paid for a handful of paintings in private transactions but as these cannot be verif...
Jackie Kennedy silk maternity dress up for auctio... - Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A silk “maternity dress” worn by Jackie Kennedy in 1960 has turned up in an auction of historical memorabilia in Dublin and is expected to sell for up to €4,000 at auction next month. The dress was among personal effects given by Ms Kennedy to the White House nanny, Englishwoman Maud Shaw.
Card for Grand National race that never was - Saturday, April 11, 2015
As the world’s favourite horse race – the Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool – takes place this afternoon, an unusual memento of the annual event has turned up at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. A race card for the “Martell” Grand National on April 3rd, 1993, signed by all the jockeys, is a reminder of the race that officially never was. After two false starts, 30 of the 39 runners continued racing despite frantic efforts to halt them and the result was ultimately declared void.
Auctions & Fairs - Saturday, April 11, 2015
Forthcoming Auctions Sunday (April 12th) Matthews Auction Rooms annual fine art and antiques sale in Headfort House, Kells, Co Meath, at 2pm. Viewing at the house today. Some 600 lots including a document box inscribed “The Marchioness Conyngham” (born 1769; died 1861; although married to an Irish aristocrat, she was the last mistress of King George IV)(€70-€120) Monday (April 13th) Mullen’s Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Bray, Co Wicklow. Fine Art & Furniture Auction at 11am. Some 900 lots including a painting A Farmyard Scene with Horses Watering in a Stream with Ducks and Cattle by John Frederick Herring Jnr €5,000-€7,000; and a “very fine” Edwardian mahogany and satinwood inlaid display cabinet (€1,500-€2,000); and a pair of early 19th-century Turkish saddle pistols (€200-€300)...
Exhibition recalls WB Yeats - Saturday, April 11, 2015
The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of poet and Nobel laureate WB Yeats in its 137th exhibition which opens to the public for two weeks from Monday at the Concourse Gallery, Dún Laoghaire County Hall, Co Dublin.
Auctions and Fairs - Saturday, April 4, 2015
Auction Results March 24th-26th Mealy’s three-day Spring Sale, 65 per cent of lots sold. An 18th century “man-bag” (a Georgian gentleman’s silk net purse) with a Lissadell provenance €360 (€250- €350). See mealys.ie. Saturday (March 28th) Whyte’s auction of sale of Rock, Pop & Movies memorabilia. A “learner’s guitar” owned in the 1970s by Dublin schoolboy David Evans, now The Edge of U2, sold for €21,000, over four times the top estimate (€3,000- €5,000) to a telephone bidder in Hollywood. Tuesday (March 31st) Bonhams, Edinburgh. Sale of paintings by the Scottish artist Jack Vettriano: Waltzers £236,500 (£200,000- £300,000) or €323,265 (€273,356-€410,018). Forthcoming Auctions Sunday (April 12th) Matthews Auction Rooms annual sale in Headfort House, Kells, Co Meath at 2.30p...
From Ted Kennedy to Lauren Bacall - Saturday, April 4, 2015
The late US Senator Edward Kennedy dabbled in art, and his paintings occasionally surface at auction. When he married for the second time in 1992, he presented his new wife Victoria Reggie with an oil painting he had made of Daffodils inspired by the Wordsworth poem.
Hemingway letter to Dietrich for sale - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A surreal, graphic letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, in which the author addresses the film star as “Dearest Kraut” and imagines her “...
Rare Christy Brown collection set to go under the ... - Thursday, March 13, 2014
A treasure trove of rare and previously unseen writings, paintings and personal items belonging to Christy Brown are set to go under the hammer next W...
Art auction to support Midlands charities - Friday, March 14, 2014
In partnership with the Fine Art and Photography Society in AIT, Luan Gallery, Athlone presents UNHEARD OF, a collection of artworks donated by both e...
1916 Ailesbury Road letter bought by State - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
An eyewitness account of the 1916 Rising, in a letter written by a retired judge from Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4 to his daughter in Burma, has been acqu...
Lennon's writing collection up for auction - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A collection of poems, short stories and drawings by John Lennon is to go under the hammer in New York later this year. The manuscripts written by the...
Christy Brown archive to remain in Ireland - Thursday, March 20, 2014
An archive of material relating to the work of writer and painter Christy Brown, best-known as the author of My Left Foot, is to remain in Ireland aft...
Scrap dealer finds €24m Faberge egg - Friday, March 21, 2014
A scrap metal dealer who bought a golden egg at a US bric-a-brac market discovered it is an ultra-rare Faberge egg worth around $33 million (€24 milli...
Irish women as seen by Lavery and Yeats - Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Paintings by Irish artists Sir John Lavery and Jack B Yeats at de Veres art auction this week depict starkly contrasting views of early 20th-century s...
Victorian claret jug in Avoca silver sale - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Avoca, which is now one of Ireland’s best known retail brands, began life as a woollen mill in the Co Wicklow town of that name in the early 18th cent...
Adam's art auction this evening - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Adam’s on St Stephen’s Green is the venue for the Important Irish Art auction that takes place there on Wednesday evening. The highest-estimated lot i...
Two volumes of Wendy Walsh's ‘Florilgium' fo... - Monday, March 31, 2014
Art books are expensive to publish and, inevitably, have a limited print run. But the initial high cost to book buyers can turn out to be a bargain in...
Whistler's mother inspires artists - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
A painting of a mother – now one of the world’s most famous such images – was shown to Irish audiences 130 years ago when it was exhibited in Dublin. ...
Stolen Gauguin painting discovered in Italy - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Italy has said it has recovered a painting worth millions of euro by Paul Gauguin, stolen in London in 1970, bought by an Italian factory worker for a...
Art and antiques market springs to life - Monday, April 07, 2014
The first quarter of 2014 has ended and Irish fine art and antiques auctioneers have a spring in their step. The first big art auctions of the year sa...
The last ‘Irishman' to win Wimbledon - Monday, April 07, 2014
Adam’s History sale on April 15th in the St Stephen’s Green, Dublin saleroom includes an 18ct gold medal awarded to “the last Irishman to win Wimbledo...
Adare Antique & Art Fair cancelled - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Adare Antique & Art Fair, which had been scheduled for Sunday April 27th, will not now go ahead as planned due to Munster’s involvement in the...
Ming dynasty ‘chicken cup' smashes records i... - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
A rare wine cup fired in the imperial kilns of China’s Ming dynasty more than 500 years ago sold today for HK$281.2 million (€26.3m) at a Sotheby’s sa...
The king's son but not his heir - Thursday, April 10, 2014
A 19th-century marble bust of an English vicar, described as “the Irishman who would be King”, is among the highlights in Matthews Auction Rooms’ annu...
Criminal Assets Bureau to sell Rolex watch on eBay... - Friday, April 11, 2014
The Criminal Assets Bureau is about to sell a luxury watch on eBay. The Rolex Daytona watch was seized in a raid in February 2012 in Saggart. It is be...
1916 countermand to be sold by Adam's - Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A handwritten order, intended to stop the 1916 Easter Rising, is to be sold at auction by Adam's Auctioneers in Dublin with a guiding estimate of €30,...
Images of Irish history - Monday, April 14, 2014
Following last week’s State visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain, Adam’s timely annual history sale, on Tuesday, will feature memorabilia f...
Order to stop 1916 Rising sells for €30,000 - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A handwritten order, intended to stop the 1916 Easter Rising, has been sold at auction by Adam's Auctioneers for €30,000. It had been expected to sell...
CAB sells Rolex watch on eBay for €8,200 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A Rolex watch put up for sale on eBay by the Criminal Assets Bureau has sold for €8,200. This is the second time in recent months that CAB, which inve...
Reopening ‘The Ripper' case? - Friday, April 25, 2014
A 19th-century surgeon’s instruments’ case which has turned up at Sheppard’s auction house has a possible link to the infamous “Jack the Ripper” serie...
Pair of French cabinets for sale at Sheppard's - Monday, April 28, 2014
A pair of French mahogany cabinets in Sheppard’s auction next week is expected to sell for up to €180,000. Auctioneer Michael Sheppard described them ...
Yeats watercolour comes to the market - Monday, April 28, 2014
A watercolour by Jack B Yeats, titled The Young One and estimated at €20,000-€30,000, makes its auction debut in Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish Art sale at...
Another Irish auctioneer goes online - Tuesday, April 29, 2014
John Weldon Auctioneers in Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin is the latest Irish auction house to embrace the internet. The sale on Tuesday, April 29th a...
Last Titanic letter sells for record €145,000 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The last letter known to be written on the ill-fated Titanic sold for a world record £119,000 (€145,000) at auction at the weekend. The letter ...
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