A Connemara Village was first exhibited by the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London, in April 1934 and then, in November 1937, at Combridge’s Gallery in Dublin where former taoiseach John A Costello is understood to have bought it for £85.

‘A Connemara Village’ by Paul Henry, valued at up to €100,000, sold for £85 in the 1930s

Two Figures: the painting is being sold by Michael Peppiatt, a friend and confidant of the artist and a curator and biographer of his work

Despite being cut in half, the painting is expected to fetch up to £7 million

A prison diary owned by Éamon de Valera when he was jailed in England after the 1916 Rising has come to light and will be auctioned in Dublin next month.

Republican kept journal while he was in jail in England following the 1916 Rising

Pregnant Girl by Lucian Freud (1960-61), depicts Bernardine Coverley while pregnant with Bella Freud

The convent schoolgirl fell for the artist, and they had two daughters

Daniel Craig as 007 in ‘Spectre’: An Aston Martin DB10 car ‘designed and engineered’ for the film has a top estimate of £1.5 million

Memorabilia from ‘Spectre’, the third film that stars Daniel Craig as 007, will be auctioned in February and all proceeds will(...)

Medals belonging to  Bridget Connolly, who served in the 1916 Rising and War of Independence, which sold at auction for $7,250 in New York on Thursday

Seán T O’Kelly’s medals among items that failed to sell at the New York event

Medals awarded to Seán T O’Kelly, one of the Volunteers who was in the GPO and who later became the second president of Ireland, will be auctioned in New York next Thursday, with an estimate of $12,000-$15,000

Whyte’s, Adams and Fonsie Mealy are holding major auctions of 1916 artefacts

The 1916 Rising medal posthumously awarded to Joseph Plunkett, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation, has turned up and will be sold at auction in Dublin in March.

Posthumous award issued in 1940s by government assigned top estimate of €100,000

Copy of the 1916 Proclamation reputedly taken out of the GPO by James Ryan. It is due to be auctioned in Dublin in April.

Document is said to have been salvaged from ruins of post office by rebels’ medical officer

The keys which are said to have been found in the ruins of the GPO

Set of keys reputedly found in ruins of the GPO to be sold at auction

Three Studies for a Self-Portrait, oil on canvas, by Francis Bacon. Bacon’s work routinely sells for millions – Three Studies of Lucien Freud sold for a record $142.4 million in 2013. Photograph: Sothebys/PA Wire

The book will list all of Francis Bacon’s works, including 100 previously unpublished paintings

Stormont Gate Lodge by Colin Davidson (the Northern Ireland artist who painted the recent Time magazine cover portrait of Angela Merkel), an oil-on-canvas, 60cm x 76cm, estimated at €2,000-€3,000. See morganodriscoll.com.

Fine art and furniture auctions around the country

Richly-illustrated book on murals published by Cork University Press

‘A Village Kermesse near Antwerp’ by David Teniers II, purchased by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn and donated to State

Lochlann and Brenda Quinn to donate Beit painting to National Gallery of Ireland

Former president Seán T O’Kelly inspecting a guard of honour outside the GPO in 1957.

Large Rising collection to be auctioned including medals awarded to Seán T O’Kelly

The medals of former president of Ireland Seán T O’Kelly against the pennant carried on the president’s car. Photograph: Spink

De Valera-led government honoured 1916 and War of Independence veterans in 1941

Picasso’s ‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ sold for €158 million

Auctioneers confidence restored as demand returns

Margaret Thatcher: the packed auction in central London  attracted telephone and online bids from 41 countries worldwide.   Photograph:  © Bettmann/CORBIS

Spectacular demand for Iron Lady’s personal effects at Christie’s

A print of a watercolour by an unknown Victorian artist of flooding in the Shannon

Book published in 1880 by Henry Trench with lithographic views of watercolours by an unknown Victorian artist

The document is one of an estimated 50 surviving copies of the 1,000 printed in Liberty Hall on Easter Sunday, 1916

Sotheby’s sale goes ‘phenomenally well’ as ‘private collector’ buys defining document

Only 50 copies of the Proclamation out of a print run of 1,000 are believed to have survived

Sotheby’s to auction unsigned copy just two weeks before centenary of Easter Rising

The “Tank” raincoat Margaret Thatcher wore during a visit to British troops in Germany in 1986 is estimated at £10,000-£20,000

Christie’s auction includes the Iron Lady’s wedding outfit and jewellery collection

Reflections of Positano 1 by Michael Flatley sold for €34,000

79% of lots sold at last big Irish art auction of 2015

A map of Ireland from the Richard S J Clarke collection of cartography, for auction at Adam’s

Three auctions offer huge selection for collectors and special Christmas gifts

 One of the images for auction. “Heifer and Harvest Cart on Boat, going for Haycocks, and drawn by Wire across to Landing Stage”

Book published in 1880 containing rare images of river will be sold at auction next week

A 1947 photograph of Brendan Bracken. Source: Wikipedia/Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO).

Material seen as ‘highly important’ as personal papers of Churchill ally destroyed after death

Man In A Train, Thinking by Jack B Yeats (right) made €220,000

Up to 80 per cent of lots sold at Whyte’s, de Veres and Adam’s

‘Reflections of Positano 1’ by Michael Flatley

‘Business’ by Yeats takes top lot in RDS art auction in Dublin

The Lock by John Constable: the painting depicts a scene on the river Stour in the artist’s native Suffolk

Painting by John Constable last appeared at auction 150 years ago when it sold for £860 to a wealthy English family who have owned(...)

The tiara, believed to date from the 1930, was once owned by the Honourable Doreen O’Brien, a daughter of the14th Baron of Dromoland Castle, Co Clare

London bidder purchases diamond tiara for €20,000 – more than twice the top estimate

Reputedly the oldest Irish international rugby jersey in the world, estimated at €25,000-€35,000

‘Oldest Irish international rugby jersey in the world’ to be sold at auction

 Sean O’Casey manuscript of ‘Juno and the Paycock’ valued at €380,000 ahead of New York auction. Image : Michael Parsons

Handwritten Seán O’Casey manuscript differs significantly from published version

The diamond tiara, once owned by the late Doreen O’Brien,  fetched more than double its top estimate of €9,000

The gold headpiece, decorated with diamonds, is believed to date from the 1930s

Detail from ‘The Boat Builder’ by Jack B Yeats

Four paintings by Irish artists went under the hammer and all sold at Christie’s

‘Airman of Inisheer’ by Margaret Clarke

Winter sales by Whyte’s, de Veres and Adam’s take place in Dublin

The classic piece is made of gold decorated with “in excess of 14 carat of diamonds”, and comes in its original leather case

A diamond tiara for auction at Sheppard’s evokes an era of pre-war glamour

“Fishing Trawlers, Howth” by Ivan Sutton: the painting is on sale at a house contents auction in Howth

Apart from the big three in Dublin, there are interesting sales all over the country

The Ireland jersey was worn by William (Billy) Grant Byron in 1899, the year of Ireland’s second Triple Crown victory. It is reputed to be the oldest international rugby jersey in the world.

Football signed by ‘Busby Babes’ given to Shamrock Rovers in 1957 also for sale

Religious statuary which formed part of an auction of items from two Mercy convents in Tralee, Co Kerry, last Saturday

The most successful auction of 2015 took place in a Kerry convent last weekend

Man in a Train, Thinking by Jack B Yeats is estimated by de Veres at €200,000-€300,000

Artist's ‘Man in a Train, Thinking’ was inspired by hard-luck story of man who ‘lost’ a sweepstake fortune

Detail from Sir John Lavery’s The Maid was in the Garden Hanging out the Clothes is estimated at £300,000-£500,000

Artists’ paintings included in ‘Modern British and Irish Art Evening Auction’

Two first World War medals, two next-of-kin memorial plaques, and a letter from Buckingham Palace

War medals, next-of-kin plaques, letters from king and tankard form single auction lot

Saloon at Russborough House : venue for ‘Heritage Housekeeping: Philosophy and Practice’. Photograph reproduced courtesy of Russborough

Study day at Russborough House being run jointly by Irish Georgian Society and the Institute of Conservators-Restorers in Ireland (...)

Pamela Mitford, painted in Paris c1925, by Paul César Helleu (1859-1927). The portrait will go under the hammer in Dublin next month

Painting of Pamela, given as a parting present to Tipperary rector, may be worth €30,000

Jaques Staunton ivory chess set estimated at €8,000-€10,000

Adam’s ‘Fine Period Interiors’ auction includes four versions of the board game

Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting was inspired by a comic book image

Record price for piece by American ‘pop art’ painter at New York auction

Norman Parkinson photograph of Baroness Thatcher: her belongings are being sold. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Baroness Thatcher’s personal collection being sold

Page from the 1631 bible which reads: “Thou shalt commit adultery”

One of the few surviving copies of a version of the Bible with error stating ‘thou shalt commit adultery’

Sr Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart”, 8ft x 6ft on a marbleised base, is estimated at between €200-€300

Nuns depart two more convents in Munster and consign contents to auction

Sir John Lavery’s ‘Winter in Florida’ dates from around 1927

Sir John Lavery’s ‘Winter in Florida’ painting to go under the hammer

Detail from the poster  for the Charlie Chaplin film ‘A Dog’s Life’ sold for £37,500

Rare film memorabilia at Bonhams auction in London

A Regatta on the Grand Canal, by Italian artist Vincenzo Chilone (1758-1839), was looted during the second World War but has now been returned

Painting owned by Jewish family and seized during war is recovered by heirs

A Village Kermesse Near Antwerp by David Teniers the Younger, one of the paintings at Russborough House, is said to be worth €2 million

Foundation looking for ‘white knights’ to buy old masters and donate them to State

Hastings Railway Station by Walter Frederick Osborne: sold for £62,500 at Sotheby’s

Paintings by Sir John Lavery, Jack B Yeats and Walter Osborne all do well

Rare: 50 of these 1985 coins never made it back to the Central Bank

Coin was one of 500 made in 1985

Detail from ‘The Brigadier’ portrait by Lucian Freud, which  goes on sale in Christie’s New York next month

Painting of Andrew Parker Bowles to go on sale in New York. But what’s the Donegal connection?

Sir John Lavery’s painting had been on loan to the Hugh Lane Gallery for the last two decades. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unnamed private collector buys ‘Japanese Switzerland’ at Irish Art sale in London

Whyte’s auctioneers said a bronze medal, given to one of the participants at a meeting of EU justice ministers, chaired by Ireland and held in Luxembourg in June 2004, had sold for €70

Ireland had unusual practice of awarding ministers medals for attending meetings

The “Blueshirt”, which includes the Fine Gael crest, that sold at Whyte’s on Saturday afternoon for €1,400.

However, Blueshirts flag, estimated to be worth similar amount, failed to get a buyer

Detail from a portrait of Arthur Guinness II,  by artist Martin Cregan made €32,000, over the double the top estimate (€10,000-€15,000)

Bidders spend ove r€1.3m at annual Country House Collections auction

View from Howth by Sir William Orpen, estimated at £80,000- £120,000

The auction on Wednesday, the first since 2012, will test international and local demand for Irish art

Kilcooley in Tipperary was bought from Nama on 220 acres in 2013 for €2.1 million

The blue cotton military-style shirt with epaulettes and breast pockets and embroidered shield-shaped Fine Gael badge stitched to the left breast will be auctioned on October 17th

Shirt and belt of the Army Comrades’ Association estimated at €1,000-€1,500

An Italian marble piece depicting five putti musicians

Plenty of interesting lots on view in Country House Collections in Slane Castle

Oliver Sheppard’s “The Death of Cúchulainn” in Dublin’s GPO: Prof Tom Dunne will talk about the  work on May 4th, 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society has organised talks for 2015/2016

Times past: ‘Speaker’s Clock’ that plays ‘God Save the Queen’ was previously on loan to Leinster House

Historic grandfather clock among lots sold alongside contents of Guinness house at auction in Co Kildare

Ernest Shackleton’s Aurora Australis sold for £122,500

Auction record for book as Ernest Shackleton’s ‘Aurora Australis’ sells for £122,500

Detail from Japanese Switzerland, by Sir John Lavery, which is  being sold by its private owner and is estimated at £300,000- £500,000

Collection of important Irish paintings to be auctioned later this month at Sotheby’s

The 9ft 9 inch mahogany clock went under the hammer  at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare

The grandfather clock, which plays ‘God Save the Queen’, once stood in Leinster House

The 18th-century clock, described as “highly important” and of great historical significance, was loaned to the Houses of the Oireachtas in 2007 by Mayo businessman Frank Kerins.

Grandfather clock once worth €500,000 that plays ‘God Save the Queen’ up for auction

Detail from ‘Portrait of Vivian Hugh Smith’ (1867-1956), later 1st Baron Bicester of Tusmore Park, by Sir William Orpen

William Orpen’s ‘Portrait of Vivian Hugh Smith’ sells above estimates for €26,000

The inscription on the “presentation shillelagh”

‘Presentation shillelagh inscribed ‘To E Bevin. As a token of love’ for auction

Some of the ‘Dublin Fragments’ which painter and architectural historian, Peter Pearson,  collected  during the 1970s and 1980s

Non-selling exhibition will feature collection of memorabilia owned by Peter Pearson

 One of the designs of the London home of the 18th-century Prince of Wales, contained in a pocket book sent to his friend Thomas Conolly, of Castletown House, Co Kildare

Pocket book of 18th-century Prince of Wales among Furness House lots for sale on Tuesday

Hastings Railway Station, by Walter Frederick Osborne, has a top estimate of £100,000/€136,000 at the Sotheby’s Irish Sale next month

Art works had been on loan to Dublin and Limerick galleries by a family that wishes to remain anonymous and will be offered for sa(...)

A pair of large Chinese “Qing period” powder-blue vases, each 2.5ft high: they exceeded the estimate of up to €40,000

Price is the highest ever paid at auction in Ireland for Chinese porcelain

One of the 38 photographs from 19th century Egypt that are up for auction at Matthews

Collection estimated at €700-€1,200 contains images ‘of Egyptian and Islamic interest’

Detail from ‘Delphiniums’ by  Anne McLeod

Water Colour Society of Ireland display takes place at the Concourse Gallery

‘Horse With Jockey Up’ by Basil Blackshaw

Three major auction houses – Whyte’s, de Veres and Adam’s – hold sales from Monday

Pen and ink sketch by Jack B Yeats titled “This is the way they rode the Pony Express in Earls Court in 1887”

Broncho Charlie Miller a star performer with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

An artillery shell from 1916, turned into a dinner gong, which was found in a London flea market and which will go under the hammer in Whyte’s, with an estimate of between €800 and €1,200, next month.

Antique made from Rising artillery shell was uncovered in Islington flea market in 1987

Hugh Douglas Hamilton’s pastel and crayon portrait of Mary Preston

Lots at the St Stephen’s Green rooms include furniture, paintings and silver

‘Penguins listening to the gramophone during the summer’

Sotheby’s in London is selling rare books on polar exploration by Shackelton and Scott

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