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Significant collection of Victorian Irish art ‘re... - Sunday, May 24, 2015
A collection of Victorian paintings by leading Irish artists has been “re-discovered” and will go under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction in London on Wednesday.
Auctions & Results - Saturday, May 23, 2015
Tuesday (May 19th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. Coins. A “Russia, Peter the Great gold 2- Roubles coin dated 1721” €5,000 (€3,000-€5,000); a gold 15th-century Edward III ‘Noble’ €3,100 (€2,000- €4,000).
GAA medals fetch record prices - Saturday, May 23, 2015
A set of three early 20th-century All-Ireland Hurling Final medals won by a Kilkenny player made €40,000 – way above the estimate of €10,000-€15,000 – at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers sale of sporting memorabilia in Kilkenny’s Ormonde Hotel on Tuesday evening. The medals were won by Piltown farmer John T Power, who played as goalkeeper in the 1907, 1911 and 1913 finals. Auctioneer George F Mealy said the price was “the highest ever paid for Irish sports medals” and they’d be “going back to the Piltown GAA club” after a successful bid by a businessman from the village, John O’Shea, the founder of agri-business Iverk Produce.
Bargains are back at Dublin auctions - Saturday, May 16, 2015
After this week’s record-breaking auctions in New York, the publication of catalogues for the pre-summer Dublin art auctions at Adam’s and Whyte’s mark a return to infinitely more affordable and realistic prices for collectors and investors. Adam’s said there “seems to be a lift in the Irish art market since the beginning of this year with viewing numbers up and many new buyers entering the market”. But so far in 2015 there has been a noticeable shortage of top-quality works coming to market.
‘Finest private library’ of rare publications - Saturday, May 9, 2015
Collectors of rare books, from Ireland and overseas, will be among the bidders at Adam’s in St Stephen’s Green when a collection of “books, broadsides and pamphlets associated with Ireland 1475-1700” goes under the hammer on Tuesday. The sale features some 300 lots from the private library of the late Tony Sweeney, the renowned collector and Irish Times racing correspondent, who died in 2012.
Auctions & Valuations - Saturday, May 2, 2015
Forthcoming auction Sunday (May 3rd) Dolan’s art auction on-site sale in Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Rosslare, Co Wexford, at 1pm includes Crimson Collection by Mark O’Neill (€6,000-€7,500); Winter, Ireland by Tony O’Malley €5,500 - €6,500; Children on the Beach by James le Jeune €3,500 - €4,500; Garden Guardian [pictured] by Mark O’Neill €3,000 - €4,000. Forthcoming Valuation Thursday & Friday (May 7th , 8th) Bonhams Irish office will host valuations of paintings by Scottish artists and is “happy to arrange home visits if required” by its Edinburgh-based expert Dr Chris Brickley, head of Scottish painting at Bonhams, who is visiting Dublin and Belfast. Bonhams said that Scottish art is experiencing a great deal of international interest and paintings by “Scottish colourists” i...
Rare history lots include 1916 footage - Saturday, May 2, 2015
The top lot in Whyte’s history auction on Saturday, May 9th, estimated at €150,000-€180,000, is described as “an extremely important archive of restored film” including the aftermath of the 1916 Rising; the 1919-21 War of Independence; civil war footage including the siege of the Four Courts; and the funeral of Michael Collins.
Female nude makes €19,000 - Saturday, May 2, 2015
Study of a Female Nude, an oil-on-canvas probably painted in the 1920s, by French artist Paul Sieffert sold for €19,000 – comfortably above its estimate (€12,000-€16,000) on Wednesday in Sheppard’s two-day auction in Durrow, Co Laois .
Monet’s view of London parliament for auction - Saturday, May 2, 2015
The eyes of the world will be on London this week where, on Thursday night, the results of the British general election will emerge within hours of polls closing at 10pm. Newly elected MPs will assemble on May 18th in the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster.
Two Francis Bacon portraits to go on display for f... - Monday, April 27, 2015
Two Francis Bacon self-portraits are going on public display for the first time after they were rediscovered in a private collection.
Auctions and Fairs - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Auction Results: Tuesday (April 21st) Bonhams, London. The first dedicated auction of Iraqi Modernism . Cubist Cockerel (1955) by Shakir Hassan Al-Said (1925-2004), sold for £194,500 against an estimate of GBP £25,000- £35,000; ‘Lamea’, a portrait of the celebrated Iraqi poet and academic, Lamea Abbas Amara £176,500 (£60,000- £100,000). Tuesday (April 21st) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. A pair of Irish silver salvers, Dublin 1775 by Matthew West, €600 (€600- €900); a collection of Masonic jewels and medals from various lodges, including the ‘Offaly Preceptory’, €320 (€300-€500). Forthcoming Auctions: Tuesday (April 28th) Oliver Usher Auctioneers, John St, Kells, Co Meath. Antique Furniture auction at 5pm. Tuesday (April 28th) De Veres, 35 Kildar...
Weird and wonderful sale at Sheppard’s - Saturday, April 25, 2015
An unusual Victorian regimental military helmet, of a type known as a “chapka”, that belonged to an officer in the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers – a 19th century British Army cavalry regiment – is one of the many unusual lots in Sheppard’s two-day auction next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dining table makes €70,000 at Adam’s auction - Saturday, April 25, 2015
St Stephen’s Green auctioneers Adam’s decamped to Co Kildare this week and sold an impressive 89 per cent of 600 lots offered in Wednesday’s on-site auction of the contents of Courtown House.
Art auction in Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare - Saturday, April 25, 2015
The seaside resort of Rosslare, Co Wexford is likely to be busy next weekend ahead of the first bank holiday of summer. An art and antiques auction with almost 400 lots will take place in Kelly’s Resort Hotel on Sunday afternoon, May 3rd at 1pm, hosted by Dolan’s auctioneers. Viewing begins in the hotel on Friday.
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...
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