Derek Hill painting a portrait of playwright and songwriter Sir Noël Coward

Englishman was granted honorary Irish citizenship by President Mary McAleese

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

‘First Editions’ in Dublin’s Ballsbridge is a popular destination for book lovers

Capard House: the contents of the Georgian mansion in Co Laois will auctioned on September 22nd and 23rd. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Auction to take place on-site at the 13-bed Greek-revival Georgian mansion in Laois

A detail from ‘La Bocca della Verità’ by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder: a “masterpiece of German Renaissance painting”

The artist’s intriguing ‘La Bocca della Verità’ sells for a record price at Sotheby’s

‘A large and frightening sea monster seen by several people off the coast of Kilkee, Ireland’. Image from The Days’ Doings, 1871. Photograph: Mary Evans Picture Library in London

Image of Co Clare sea-serpent, dating from 1871, found in London

Detail from The Learner by Jack B Yeats, one of the paintings already consigned to The Irish Sale at Sotheby’s in London on October 21st

Dates at Sheppard’s, Whyte’s, Adam’s and Sotheby’s have been announced

Detail from The Three Trees by  Rembrandt

Prints fetched about €360,000 at Bonhams in London for anonymous seller

The Convalescent by William Gale, which was sold at auction in London for about €52,000

A 19th-century painting called ‘The Convalescent’ evokes the healing power of the beach

Nude Girl Reading by William Orpen will be among the Irish paintings Sotheby’s will auction this autumn in its reinstated Irish Sale

Orpen and Yeats to feature as appetite returns for Irish art

Michael Flatley and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny pose beside one of Flatley’s paintings. Photograph: Brian McEvoy.

Retired dancer’s art career has taken flight following his debut exhibition in London

Hobby Horses by Jack B Yeats, one of the paintings for auction at Dolan’s of Clifden this weekend

Paintings by Jack B Yeats and Harry Kernoff among those going under the hammer in the coming days

Denis Russell with the paintings before they were taken away by gardaí

Art taken in burglary includes work by Lavery, Yeats and Paul Henry

Outdoor inspiration: painter applies himself to his art

Europe’s biggest outdoor painting event underway in Wexford

Detail from Jules Thomas’ painting of Heron’s Cove

Lots include work by Mark O’Neill, Markey Robinson and Graham Knuttel

Denis Russell  shows the paintings he found in a hedge near his home in Co Wicklow on Tuesday. Photograph: Whelan family

Garda confirm recovery of works by Sir John Lavery, Jack B Yeats and Paul Henry

An Old Master painting, by David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), from Russborough House, was withdrawn from the auction.

An Taisce seeks review in High Court of licences to sell paintings in London

Kerry economist’s 18-century essay now one of the world’s most collectible rare books

Roger Casement: said in 1913 letter: ‘I only want to be an Irishman’

Unpublished letter, which was sold to private buyer in Ireland, sheds new light on his growing disenchantment with the British emp(...)

Harry Kernoff’s painting ‘The Mall, Castlebar (Co Mayo)’, estimated at €6,000 to €10,000, for sale at Dolan’s two-day auction to be held in Clifden

Jack B Yeats painting a highlight at Dolan’s

Mount Vesuvius Erupting, a painting from the 19th-century Neapolitan School, made €3,400 (€700-€1,000)

There were strong prices and big surprises at the Chatsworth sale at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

A section of the ‘Saint Francis Xavier preaching in the Orient’ window from Harry Clarke Studios which sold for €31,000 at an auction on Tuesday night. Photograph: Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers.

Priest pays €31,000 for piece depicting co-founder of order St Francis Xavier

British medal awarded to Frederick Stephens “for services rendered at Beggars Bush Barracks during Rebellion 1916”.

Terenure bookseller decorated with St Andrew’s award for services rendered

A ‘possibly unique collection’ of the personal belongings of an Irish officer in the British Army during the first World War is estimated to sell for €1,000-€1,500

Last major auction of summer includes collection from Harry Clarke Studios

Mount Vesuvius towers over the Italian city of Naples. Photograph: Getty Images

Long blighted by a negative image, Naples deserves to regain its place in the list of the world’s must-see destinations

Detail from a painting by George Campbell, who spent much of his working life in Spain

Paintings by George Campbell, Gerard Dillon and Daniel O’Neill can be viewed in Dublin and Down

Donegal carpet sold for €18,000 at Mealy’s sale on Wednesday

The blue carpet, measuring 14m by 5m, was made for the New Ireland Assurance company for its Dublin boardroom in 1964

A late 19th century “South American bird-feather fan” adorned with taxidermy of a hummingbird

Mealy’s auction includes exotic fans once reviewed by Charles Dickens

The Road Beside The River by Jack B Yeats goes to auction at Christie’s

Tony O’Malley’s ‘Bahamas Collage’ sells for €3,800 in online art auction

The New Ireland Carpet features a woven central medallion with a harp and a crest of the four provinces

‘New Ireland Carpet’ for auction at Mealy’s measures about 13.7m by 5m

Siberian Mouse: nibbles ‘in a most realistic manner’.

Pearl, gold and enamel automaton mouse fetches more than €500,000 at Sotheby’s

A collection of stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke Studios has come to light and is to be sold at auction. Photographs supplied by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers.

Pieces were made for churches in Ireland, Wales and New Zealand but never installed

Roger Casement: said he wanted Ireland to be restored to Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Casement expresses disillusionment with British Empire, criticises policy in S Africa

Michael Collins, an oil-on-board painting by Noel Murphy, is estimated at €8,000-€10,000

Noel Murphy painting in online art auction

Four Eggs on a Plate by Lucian Freud  sold for almost £1 million at Sotheby’s in London

Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait, 1975’ sells above estimates for £15.3m at Sotheby’s

Maidenhead Regatta, a 1932 painting by Sir John Lavery, sold for £52,500

Jack B Yeats’ ‘The Light of Town’ sells above estimates for £67,300 at Christie’s Auctions

Medals awarded to Cork priest Fr (later Archdeacon) Tom Duggan, who had served as a chaplain in the British army during both World Wars, sell for €8,000

Chinese Qing period vases sell for €60,000 – 50 times the top estimate

The tiger skin, which has been carefully preserved, was brought home to Ireland as a souvenir of the British Raj

Preserved tiger skin and the photo of the bishop who shot the animal in 1911 among quirky lots at Sheppard's auction

Rediscovered: detail from Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980), a  triptych painting by Francis Bacon

Sotheby’s says self-portraits ‘exude conceptual brilliance and painterly genius’

A first edition copy – with the “very rare” dust-jacket – of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce’s  sold for £40,000

Portrait of the Artist goes for £40,000 and Poems by WB Yeats sells for £9,000

Cork priest Fr Tom Duggan who volunteered as a British army chaplain in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and an OBE by King George VI.

Fr Tom Duggan was a staunch nationalist who fought for British in both World Wars

Cork priest Fr Tom Duggan who volunteered as a British army chaplain in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and an OBE by King George VI.

Fr Tom Duggan was captured as a PoW and attended IRA leader Tom Barry’s wedding

Rubens portrait of the Bearded Man.

Six paintings, including two Rubens, were set to be sold on July 9th

Le cabinet de Physique de Bonnier de La Mosson, by Jacques de Lajoue (1734) formerly part of the Russborough House Alfred Beit Foundation has been acquired by Leonard Blavatnik, who is believed to have paid over £500,000 for it.

Britain’s richest man Leonard Blavatnik buys Beit painting in private Christie’s deal

Painter Nancy Wynne-Jones and her husband, sculptor Conor Fallon: their collection of their work and works of friends is for auction on June 24th

Works by sculptor Conor Fallon and painter Nancy Wynne-Jones in last auction of Dublin summer season

‘Joe the Swineherd’ by Walter Frederick Osborne will feature in Bonhams art auction in London. It is  estimated at £50,000-£70,000

Osborne’s ‘Boy on a Donkey in Snowy Landscape’ estimated at £10,000-£15,000

‘Horse Fair at Goresbridge’ by Peter Curling was sold for €31,000 de Veres art auction at Buswell’s Hotel

Irish buyer purchases Peter Curling’s ‘Horse Fair at Goresbridge’ for €31,000

Venus and Jupiter, by Peter Paul Rubens. The painting is one of the pieces from the Beit collection that is to be sold in order to raise funds for Russborough house. The trust that runs the house has refused a request by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to cancel or delay the sale of valuable paintings.

Heather Humphreys asked trust to reconsider auction of paintings from collection

Beit painting: Lot Number 83 John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) ’Yew Court, Scalby, on a November night’ which sold for £56,250

Paintings sell at low end of expectations at auction in London

The Monk from the Beit Collection, which was granted an export licence and shipped to London, but apparently rejected by Christie’s auctioneers.

Rubens’s The Monk was apparently rejected for auction and is returning to Ireland

A painting by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) of Yew Court, Scalby, on a November night, is the first of two works from the Beit collection at Russborough House to be auctioned this week at Christie’s in London.

Christie’s auctioneers will sell paintings by John Atkinson Grimshaw in London

Detail from a photograph by Terry O’Neill of David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor sharing a cigarette during their first meeting in Beverly Hills in 1975

Prints include Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen and David Bowie

‘Four Eggs on a Plate’ by Lucien Freud, which is estimated by Sotheby’s to sell for £100,000-£150,000

Painting given by artist Lucian Freud to the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire to be auctioned in London

Édouard Manet’s ‘Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère’ made in 1881

Preparatory sketch in oils for Impressionist’s most famous and popular painting

First editions: ‘Ulysses’ signed by James Joyce, (€82,000-€110,000)

Rare copies of the James Joyce novel and WB Yeats first editions for sale in London

‘Portrait of a Lady with a Large Hat’ by Charlotte Blakeney Ward

‘Portrait of a Lady with a Large Hat’ by Blakeney Ward for €1,500-€2,000

The late Ian Paisley with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the carbine musket (circa 1685) that Dr Paisley presented to him. Photograph: David Sleator

Carbine reputedly used at Battle of the Boyne to be auctioned

 Firedance, an artwork by dancer Michael Flatley. Flatley is set to enter the global art market with a selling exhibition in London.

Dancer is offering 25 pictures for sale as part of new Firedance exhibition in London

Detail from a painting by David Teniers the younger (1610-1690), with an estimate of £1.2-£1.8 million (€1.6-€2.4), is among the paintings consigned to Christie’s

Paintings from the collection at Russborough House are to be auctioned to raise funds for the house’s upkeep

‘Horse Fair at Goresbridge’, an oil on canvas by Peter Curling is estimated at €20,000-€25,000 at de Vere’s auction

Paintings and sculpture with an equine theme at de Veres auction

‘Mule Team’ by Nevinson was painted in late 1917 following his return to London from a four-week tour of the trenches in his capacity as an official war artist

Painting by CWV (Christopher) Nevinson, estimated at £250,000-£350,000, is the top lot at London auction

One of the postcards from Lot 53 at Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ auction next Saturday depicts a scene from early 20th century on Grafton Street, Dublin

Eclectic auction has more than 500 lots including medals, vintage cameras and coins

The celadon jade seal, of a pale, olive- green colour and double-gourd shape has a carving depicting three hornless dragons from Chinese mythology

Matchbox-sized piece of carved jade was possibly used to stamp documents in Peking’s Forbidden City during the reign of the Emper(...)

The star and badge of the Order of St Patrick of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Marquess of Crewe

Viceroy’s star and badge insignia – included in the auction of items of the late Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe – sold for £21,250

Detail from a portrait of British actress Gladys Cooper by Sir William Orpen which made €175,000, the top price paid for a painting at auction this year

Top lot at Whyte's Irish art auction was a portrait of British actress Gladys Cooper by Sir William Orpen which made €175,000, wel(...)

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

Fancy living like a duke or duchess? As an earl or countess? A lord or lady? You can savour aristocratic life in this Irish castl(...)

A portrait of Lord Houghton wearing the insignia  by Walter Frederick Osborne, which is in the National Portrait Gallery in London

Star of Order of St Patrick hidden in trunks filled with tiaras and other family treasures

Among the highlights is ‘Guards Parade, Dublin Castle’ a watercolour by Rose Barton, estimated at £6,000- £8,000

Sotheby’s to auction collection of paintings from the estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, who died aged 99, last year

Medal awarded to a member of Clare’s first All-Ireland Hurling team in 1914 sells for €9,750

In the letter, WB Yeats writes to Maud Gonne: “You will find a reference to your self in ‘Among School Children’ – a Waterford school I went over – I do not think it will offend you.”

Handwritten letter from the poet makes €16,000 at Adam’s sale of rare Irish books and historical memorabilia

The back of a  medal awarded to one of the Clare team who  won the All-Ireland hurling final in 1914

1901 All-Ireland football medal awarded to Dublin captain David ‘Gush Brady’ estimated at €1,500-€2,000

The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania, which now hangs in Gleesons pub in Booterstown, Co Dublin

Irish history goes under the hammer at Whyte’s sale

This gold 15th-century Edward III ‘Noble’ coin , estimated at €2,000-€4,000, is for sale at Weldon Auctioneers in Temple Bar, Dublin

Framed Blackrock College union golden jubilee dinner menu signed by Éamon de Valera for sale by Matthews at €1,000-€1,500

‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ by Picasso sold for €179.4 million

Monet, Giacometti, Rothko and Lichtenstein among the big names making record prices

Detail from Sir William Orpen’s portrait of British actress Gladys Cooper is the top lot at Whyte’s upcoming auction

Pre-summer art auctions at Adam’s and Whyte’s mark a return to more affordable prices

Cabbage vendors: a postcard included in one of the biggest collections of vintage Irish postcards dating mostly  from 1905-1920

A vast collection of vintage Irish postcards – to be auctioned next month – paints a picture of a long-forgotten Ireland

A security guard  watches over the Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), oil on canvas during an auction at Christie’s in New York, NY. The painting set a new record world auction record for any work of art selling for 160 million US dollar (142.9 million euro) plus auction fees of 12 percent, costing a total of 179.3 million US dollar. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

‘Les Femme d’Alger (Version ‘O’) sells for in $179.4 million at Christie’s

 ‘Portrait of a bearded man’ by Rubens  - part of Beit collection, for auction at Christie’s London in July

Sale of paintings by Christie’s in London could raise €11 million

Edmund Spenser’s very rare The Faerie Queene, published in London in 1596, which collector Tony Sweeney    described as “the most majestic English language allegorical poem to be written in this country”, is   estimated at €3,000-€5,000

Collection of late Tony Sweeney to be auctioned at Adam’s

Sheppard’s has already established a reputation for selling Chinese porcelain

‘Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art’, with 120 lots, will be held on May 26th

The Ring (Engagement) by Roy Lichtenstein, dating from 1963

Art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York expected to net between $2bn and $2.5bn

The  “Victory Watch” features a distinctive enamel dial showing St George slaying the dragon, with a trident as the hour hand

British war leader’s Swiss gold timepiece to be sold 70 years after VE Day

James Connolly’s Scottish Labour Party membership  card is  described as “in need of restoration” by a paper conservator

1916 leader was born in Edinburgh to immigrant parents from Co Monaghan

Letters from Private Edward Parry. Parry complained constantly  about Fermoy, Co Cork, where he was sent for training in 1918, in letters home to his wife and family.

Private sent to Cork town for training wrote of horror at drunken women and bad food

Detail from Monet’s view of London’s parliament buildings

The great French Impressionist admired the city’s ‘extraordinary’ light effects

Paul Sieffert’s study of a nude, sold by Sheppard’s this week

Oil-on-canvas by French artist Paul Sieffert sells above its estimate at Sheppard’s two-day auction in Durrow, Co Laois

Archive of restored film at Whyte’s history auction

Newsreel of foundation of the State to be auctioned which includes footage of 1916 Rising and funeral of Michael Collins

Detail from Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s  Portrait of a Bearded Man, which is estimated at £2-3£ million in the auction.

Millions of euro expected from sale of works, some of which recovered after robberies

This 17-bed Georgian mansion in Kilkenny has been partially renovated and could make a plush private residence or a country ho(...)

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