Detail from ‘Benefits Supervisor Resting’ by Lucien Freud, which goes under the hammer at Christie’s, New York, in May

A pretty study by Sieffert contrasts with a benefits worker in raw honesty by Freud

Mark O’Neill’s ‘Crimson Collection’ painting estimated at €6,000-€7,500

400 lots at Dolan’s auction of 20th Century and contemporary Irish art

Russborough House, Co Wicklow: as well as valuations and  free lectures on collecting antiques, there will be a guided tour of the house each afternoon at 3.30pm

Russborough House in Wicklow is hosting variation on the ‘Antiques Roadshow’

‘Flight of the Quetzal’ by Michael Flatley is estimated at €40,000-€50,000

Highest-priced painting of 2015 Irish art auctions is by former Lord of the Dance

The Dublin Castle event coincides with ‘Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840’, a major exhibition under way at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago

Dublin Castle to host day-long forum which will focus on art in Ireland’s ‘Big Houses’

Painting has estimate of $140m ahead of Christie’s sale in New York

Sale will showcase country’s best and most influential artists and artistic movements

‘L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man)’ by Alberto Giacometti

‘Stick man’ bronze estimated by Christie’s at $130m

 Jackie Kennedy’s silk maternity dress,   worn  in 1960 while she was pregnant with John Kennedy jnr

Dress given by Kennedy to White House nanny Maud Shaw in 1965

President John F Kennedy travels in an open-top car along Forster Street, Galway city in June 1963. Photograph: Stan Shields

Russian reporters were to be ‘discreetly watched’ while US president in Ireland

Courtown Demesne was bought by Luke Comer, a Co Galway-born, Monaco-resident developer, for a reputed €10.2 million

Adam’s to auction contents of Courtown House from telephone box to torchères

Detail from When You are Old, by Niamh Harding Miller, inspired by WB Yeats

The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club to hold its 137th show in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The £1 race card for the 1993 Aintree Grand National, signed by all the jockeys, is estimated at €300-€500

A race card for the ‘Martell’ Grand National on April 3rd, 1993, signed by all the jockeys, is a reminder of the race that officia(...)

Detail from ‘Hearing the Nightingale’ by Jack B Yeats depicts the view from Richmond Hill in London

‘Hearing the Nightingale’, a 1936 painting by Jack B Yeats, sells for €42,500

A print of the famous first World War painting ‘The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois’

Print of famous painting inscribed by chaplain, Fr Gleeson

An oil painting of daffodils made by the late Ted Kennedy and  inspired by the Wordsworth poem

A print of late US senator’s painting of daffodils – which was given to the Hollywood star – sells for €7,000

Detail from ‘Woman and Child Feeding Hens’ by Frank McKelvey, the Northern Ireland artist who died in 1974

Cross-section of paintings from contemporary to traditional on view

‘The Bang the Door Boys’, a 1944 painting by Jack B Yeats, sold to a private Irish collector for €95,000

Good results from three big auctions in Dublin

Detail from ‘Waltzers’ by Jack Vettriano: it is expected to go for £200,000- £300,000 at Bonhams auction next week

Plenty of interest expected in 12 works by one of Britain’s most successful modern artists

Auctioneers Bonhams said a rare first edition of  The Sceptical Chymist by Robert Boyle (above), published in London in 1661, had sold for £362,500 (€492,192).

New record for highest price ever paid at auction for book by an Irish-born writer

Silver punchbowl by William Comyns, €1,500-€2,000, at Adam’s

Biggest and most prestigious private collections of silver to be auctioned in Dublin

Three-day auction in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny

‘The Bang The Door Boys’ by Jack B Yeats, estimated at €60,000-€80,000, at de Veres. Auction May 24th

Smart new viewing gallery opens at the Kildare Street auction house

This six-bedroom family home is on Merrion Road, in the heart of Dublin 4. Its price has dropped almost 50 per cent since it was (...)

Jackie Kennedy with camera. File photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

An early assignment put the future wife of JFK in touch with ‘sweet’ diplomats

The late Tony Ryan bought ‘Double Portrait of Robert Mason, of Masonbrook, Loughrea, Co Galway, and Sara Monck, Both Seated in an Interior, a Landscape Beyond’   at Sotheby’s in 2005 for £21,000

Remaining items from the late Tony Ryan’s Kildare mansion, Lyons Demesne, to be auctioned by Adams Blackrock

Detail from “the earliest known depiction of Irish road bowling”  believed to be by Nathaniel Grogan jnr (circa 1765-1820)

Thousands of items will be on sale at RDS event in all price ranges

Pencil drawing by Sir William Orpen at Hegarty’s auctioneers in Bandon, Co Cork

Four drawings of mistress’s dog found in west Cork house clearance

Detail from ‘Portrait of a Grey in a Stable’ by Samuel Spode, which has an estimate of €2,000 -€3,000

‘Sunday Interiors Auction’ at Adam’s will feature some 450 eclectic lots with estimates beginning at just €50

Detail from ‘The Portrait of Gertrude, Countess of Dudley’ by  Sir William Orpen. The painting depicts Gertie Millar  who grew up to be one of most photographed women of the Edwardian era

Painting of an Edwardian lady by the Anglo-Irish artist is expected to sell for up to €55,000

Detail from ‘Cardinal with Cats’ by M Joron, which sold for €2,600 at Sheppard’s

More than 70 per cent of lots sold were bought by online bidders

A Native American costume which sold for €320,000

Other ‘sleepers’ at lively auction included Chinese lots

Detail from a 19th century painted urn which has a guide of €2,500-€3,500 at Sheppard’s three-day sale which begins on Tuesday

Revamped website will make auction browsing easier

Detail from ‘Landscape Connemara’ by Paul Henry, which sold for €68,000

‘Landscape Connemara’ painting was the top lot in art auction

Set of household crockery that belonged to the artist Francis Bacon was unsold (estimate  £10,000-£15,000)

Auctions, fairs and results

Detail from ‘The Queen’s own Scottish Borderers Observe the King of Jews Appearing behind Seán McGuigan’s Sheep on the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany’ by Belfast artist Dermot Seymour, which has an estimated auction price of €1,500-€2,000

Mix of Irish and international art at Whyte’s auction at RDS in Dublin

Detail from ‘Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers’  by Takashi Murakami, which sold for £317,000 in a charity auction at Sotheby’s, London

Works by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst sold at Sotheby’s fundraising auction

A set of forks which belonged to Jonathan Swift have green-stained ivory handles which  carry the initials of the writer and his family coat of arms

Cutlery belonging to Anglo-Irish satirist and a portrait of Obama ancestor among mememtos of Ascendancy in fine art sale

The poster for ‘McLintock!’ is one of dozens of vintage posters on auction and is signed by Michael Wayne, John’s son

Vintage poster for McLintock! – a 1963 Western “comedy” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara – at Whyte’s auction

Each box was filled with a packet of 20 cigarettes, a foil-wrapped pack of pipe tobacco (both in yellow plain packaging), a photograph of Princess Mary and a card inscribed “With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Victorious New Year. From The Princess Mary and Friends at Home.”

Mementoes from first World War soldiers include brass boxes with tobacco and cigarettes presented as Christmas presents for the t(...)

Francis Bacon’s ‘Two Studies for Self-Portrait’ which sold  for €19.8 million

Famous artist’s crockery to be auctioned in England

A bronze piece likely to have been a presentation plaque for a 1950s cultural event is expected to fetch up to €4,000

Tóstal plaque made by Gabriel Hayes goes on view next Saturday

Detail from Graham Knuttel’s ‘Happy Valentine’, which is  for auction in Cork on Thursday

There’s little affection on display in Graham Knuttel’s painting ‘Happy Valentine’

A copy of the French weekly newspaper Le Petit Journal from 1930 reporting on the Ireland-France international rugby match. Photograph: Michael Parsons/ Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

Irish team and supporters astonished as French players drank wine at half-time

‘Two Studies for Self-Portrait’ sold in less than two minutes at Sotheby's in London

‘Two Studies for Self-Portrait’, which dates from 1977, is described as “a profoundly intimate portrait, starkly evoking the artist’s inner turmoil”

‘Double’ self-portrait goes up for auction in Sotheby’s on Tuesday evening

The surtout de table, made in London circa 1805 by royal goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, was commissioned by Walter Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormonde

Gilt-bronze piece is over 8ft long and would have adorned the dining table during formal occasions at Kilkenny Castle

At Kedagh Park sale the top lot was the portico of a former Roscommon “Big House”, Mote Park.

Reclaimed portico from Mote Park makes €12,000

Sotheby’s auctioneer Henry Wyndham selling Monet’s ‘Le Grand Canal’

Collectors from Asia and Russia out in force at Sotheby’s sale in London

‘Reading The News’ by Richard Staunton Cahill in Whyte’s art auction on February 23rd

Before the internet, TV and radio, the role of newspapers is captured in art

Plate VI, titled: “Taken on the spot in the County of Downe, Representing Spinning, Reeling with the Clock Reel, and Boiling the Yarn”

Rare set of prints for sale for €6,570 from De Búrca Rare Books in Blackrock, Co Dublin

 Rock band U2, whose guitarist The Edge (second left) learned to play on the instrument being auctioned. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimmons

U2 guitarist learned to play on ‘modest little’ instrument expected to fetch up to €1,800

Porters at Sotheby’s of London with Turner’s ‘Rome from Mount Aventine’. It sold for €38.6 million

19th century artist is still ‘box-office’ more than 160 years after his death

Detail from ‘Boy Peeling A Fruit’: the fruit is believed to be a green (unripe) Seville or bergamot orange but has long been a subject of debate among art historians

‘Boy Peeling A Fruit’ goes to auction with a top estimate of $5 million

An ‘Aquarium’ vintage Dunhill cigarette lighter

Among the highlights are a selection of vintage Dunhill cigarette lighters

Detail from ‘Une Parisienne’, by Ernest Ange Duez, £60,000-£80,000 at Bonhams in London

Bonhams estimating £60,000-£80,000 for ‘Une Parisienne’

Grant Ford, a Sotheby’s auctioneer and expert on Irish art: Sotheby’s Irish art sale will include work by Paul Henry and Jack B Yeats

Standalone Irish sale to be held in London for first time since 2011

Detail from ‘Suburban Villa’ by Michael Morris (estimate €400-€600) at Dolan’s auction, Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork

Busy line up of auctions gets underway tomorrow

A first edition of ‘Dubliners’ with the original green dust-jacket went for £86,500 at Sotheby’s in 2013.

Copies can sell for thousands but why does the price vary so much?

Christy Sheppard with his son Michael, who now heads the business

Christy Sheppard was one of the country’s best-known auctioneers

Detail from ‘Still Life – Fruit and Wine’ by Peter Collis at Cork art auction

Online sale can be viewed in Skibbereen salesroom from Thursday

A picture of   the  sinking of  the SS ‘Rowan’ which appeared in the Italian newspaper ‘La Domenica del Corriere’

Rare images of 1921 ferry disaster in which London band members drowned on way to Dublin

While the growth in demand for Irish art is likely to continue, their owners appear to be reluctant to sell

The 20-bed hotel built was for the early 18th-century Protestant archbishop of Cashel, Theophilus Bolton, by  architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearse, who also designed the Houses of Parliament (now Bank of Ireland) in Dublin’s College Green

Tipperary hotel closed with loss of 32 full- and part-time jobs in early December

From ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by the Italian-born British official first World War artist Fortunino Matania, reproduced in ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

‘On Christmas Eve . . . the enemy came out from his lair and sung out to us’

A look back at Antiques & Collectibles auctions in 2014 and some of the items that made the headlines

Fr Ned Dowling, who was a military chaplain during the first World War

Kilkenny-born Fr Ned Dowling was sent to Flanders in November 1914

Fr Ned Dowling: known informally as ‘the Colonel’.

Co Kilkenny priest served as a British army chaplain from 1914 until 1920

An illustration of Fr Ned Dowling during the first World War in ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by British official war artist Fortunino Matania, taken from ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

British army chaplain Fr Ned Dowling’s diary includes account of Christmas Day 1914 on the battlefields

Sick Tinker Child by Louis le Brocquy sold for £266,500 in London, having sold in Dublin for €963,000 in 2006

Famous Irish artist’s paintings plunge in value, down by two-thirds in just eight years

The Village of Kilmallock, Co Limerick – a photo-realist painting by Mark Kelly, with a €1,000-€2,000 estimate, failed to sell

‘Core collection’ not part of sale as ESB says it remains ‘committed to supporting the arts in Ireland’

Detail from  a Christmas card published by the Cuala Press

Set of early 20th-century Irish Christmas cards is among highlights in the latest catalogue from De Búrca Rare Books

Detail from ‘Early Morning in Donegal’ by Paul Henry which sold for €160,00

The annual Christmas auction of Irish art suggests that the market is in good health

“Watercolour by Louis le Brocquy done at St Gerard’s School, October 1930”  sold for €2,800

Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction in RDS included one of Irish artist’s earliest known works

‘Returning Home, Connemara’ attributed to James John Hill was sold for €3,700

Top price of €34,000 achieved for painting by 19th century Irish artist Augustus Burke

The brass plate from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell, the man who ordered the massacre of thousands of Irish people, confiscated land and ordered Catholics to go ‘To Hell or to Connacht’, was sold for £74,500 at auction on Tuesday. Photograph: Sotheby’s London

Memento taken when body was exhumed in 1661 fetches six times the estimate at auction

Oliver Cromwell’s ‘coffin plate’ was “found in a leaden canister, lying on the breast of the corpse”, according to Sotheby’s. Photograph: Sotheby’s

Brass plate from his coffin for sale at Sotheby’s for more than €15,000

The Flapper:  the four leather-bound albums contain a fascinating account of Edwardian life from the perspective of six children who lived in Bushy Park house in Terenure

South Dublin children’s private account of aristocratic life in Edwardian Ireland portrayed in rare ‘monthly magazine’

Detail from Robert Taylor  Carson’s ‘Lighting Up (Old Dan)’, which  is estimated at €6,000-€9,000

Morgan O’Driscoll’s Auctioneers is showing 120 paintings and sculptures

A Cartier plantinum ring set with “an intense yellow brilliant-cut diamond weighing 7.06 carats” at Adam’s (€200,000-€400,000)

A vast array of antique and modern pieces in all price ranges will go under the hammer

Detail from Claddagh Quay, Galway, by Cecil Maguire. The painting is up for auction  with some other items in the ESB art collection. It is expected to fetch up to €5,000.

Artists represented are Markey Robinson, Tony O’Malley, Frank McKelvey, Norah McGuinness and Peter Collis.

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