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Auction Results

Wednesday (March 14th) Sotheby’s, London. The Political Cartoon Collection of Jeffrey Archer. Among lots of Irish interest were: Lot 9, a pencil-drawn cartoon by the illustrator Sir John Tenniel that appeared in Punch magazine depicting prime minister Gladstone’s difficulty in getting the 1881 Irish Land Bill through the House of Lords £875 (£700-£900); Lot 16, pen and ink drawing by William Giles Baxter dating from the 1885 royal visit to Ireland by the Prince and Princess of Wales, £813 (£500-£700); and Lot 69, a pen ink and watercolour cartoon, dated 1929, of Éamon de Valera by cartoonist and caricaturist Robert Stuart Sheriffs, £500 (£400-£600).

Forthcoming Auctions

Tuesday (March 20th) Victor Mee Auctions, Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Fine arts and antique furniture auction at 5.30pm. See

Wednesday (March 21st) Bonhams, Knightsbridge saleroom, London. Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at 1pm. Lot 266, An autograph manuscript, signed by Francis Ledwidge of his poem Lament for Thomas MacDonagh (“He shall not hear the bittern cry”) £12,000-£18,000; Lot 41, a document signed by Jonathan Swift appointing the Revd Theophilus Bolton, Chancellor of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, as acting Dean in his absence, 7 May 1722. (Bolton later became well known when he was appointed Archbishop of Cashel and founded the famous library that is named after him), £5,000-£7,000; Lot 179, 17th century garden notes and library catalogue for Burton Park, Mallow, Co Cork, comprising an “Account of Seeds & Plants in the Garden” beginning on 22 April 1683 and running through to February 1683/4 £1,000-£1,500.

Wednesday (March 21st) Victor Mee Auctions, Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Auction of advertising & pub memorabilia at 5.30pm. Includes three late 19th-century tobacco advertising mirrors recently found in a garden shed in Co Louth. “Smoke Player’s Navy Cut Cigarettes” mirror (€2,500 and €3,500); “Ogden’s Guinea-Gold Cigarettes” mirror (€2,000-€3,000); and “Smoke Hignett’s Night and Morning Two Flakes” mirror (€2,500-€3,500). See

Forthcoming Fairs

Saturday (March 17th) Antiques Fair, Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, Co Antrim 11am-5pm.

Sunday (March 18th) Antiques & Vintage Fair, Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin 3. 11am-6pm.

Sunday and Monday (March 18th & 19th) Hibernian Antiques Fairs hosts its annual ‘National Antiques Fair’ in the South Court Hotel Limerick City. Over 100 dealers. 11am - 6pm daily.

Monday (March 19th) Antiques Fair, Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. 11am-5pm

Source: Michael Parsons