By Merrion Strand is an oil-on-canvas, dating from the late 1920s

‘By Merrion Strand’ is now most expensive Irish painting to be offered in 2017

Louis XVI-style writing desk  made €13,000 – way above estimate

A weekend sale at Adam’s seems to suggest that brown is back in town

Lot 46, “The Night has Gone” by Jack B Yeats: has an estimate of €250,000-€350,000.

First big winter art sales has plenty for art investors at range of prices

Lot 632, a pair of ‘pince-nez’  (pinch-nose) glasses once owned by WB Yeats sold for €10,000 – more than 16 times the top estimate of €500-€600

WB Yeats’s signature ‘pince-nez’ glasses make €10,000 – more than 16 times the estimated price

W.B. Yeats wearing his signature glasses.

Poet’s pinch-nose spectacles fetch price over 16 times the top estimate in Kilkenny

Silver framed photo of Maureen O’Sullivan to be sold in auction.

Irish Hollywood star’s emeralds also to be sold in €500,000 Sheppard’s auction

WB Yeats wearing his signature glasses.

Yet more items are to be auctioned as the family reaps a multi-million euro windfall

Lot 807, a rare Bonzo Bank mechanical money box by Saalheimer & Strauss, 1920s Germany, sold for €8,500, more than four times the top estimate.

A rare 1920s German money-box made €8,500 in a Mealy’s auction

A large oil painting of Daniel O’Connell, measuring 5ft 4in by 3ft 5in, is attributed to the artist Nicholas Joseph Crowley and estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

Rare German 1920s ‘Bonzo Bank’money box also among highlights

A portrait of Van Morrison, by Basil Blackshaw, is estimated at €5,000-€7,000.

Art critic Eamonn Mallie is selling some of his art collection including an unattractive portrait of Van Morrison

Portrait of Mary Robinson by Derek Hill

Contents of Massbrook House include furniture, pictures, crockery and garden sculpture

An art deco sapphire and diamond line bracelet, made circa 1930, set throughout with old European brilliant cut diamonds of approx 3ct and step cut sapphires of approx 8ct, made €8,500 at O’Reilly’s auction

At Whyte’s, ‘Riot Soldier, Belfast’, oil-on-board, by George Campbell, fetches €5,000

Security personnel stand next to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ after it was unveiled at Christie’s in New York on October 10th. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The thrilling history of ‘Salvator Mundi – the Holy Grail of Old Master paintings’

The portrait of Capt James Cook, which may have been painted in England before Cook departed on his last voyage in July 1776

in Kilkenny 30 years ago, a lost portrait sold for IR£27K. Months later it made £600K

‘Cabra’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat and currently owned by Yoko Ono, will be auctioned in New York on November 16th. The estimate is $9 million-$12 million. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

After U2, now Yoko Ono is selling her Basquiat as prices for the artist soar

Lot 6, an Italian rosewood “T69” dining table, by Osvaldo Borsani and Eugenio Gerli for Tecno, Milan, dating from 1965

Tea trolleys and cocktail cabinets: Auction of mid-20th-century furniture in Dublin

‘A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape with Waterfall and Three Figures’, an Irish Georgian oil-on-canvas painting by George Barret Snr

An Irish Georgian oil-on-canvas painting by George Barret Snr fetches €200,000

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Dublin auctioneer to hold annual sale of some 900 lots at Townley Hall in Co Louth

Vivien Leigh’s  charm bracelet, with a top estimate of £1,500, made £33,750 at Sotheby’s

Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn memorabilia hit record highs

‘Portrait of Mary Barron Tottie’ by Sir John Lavery sold for €24,000

World record price for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong

Sir William Orpen’s ‘On The Hill of Howth, Co Dublin’

Whyte’s sale has three notable paintings of women by Orpen, Lavery and O’Conor

‘A Connemara Cottage’ by Paul Henry

‘Self-Portrait, New York’, an oil-on-canvas by John Butler Yeats, goes for just under €100,000 at Sotheby’s in London – a new auct(...)

Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971. Christie’s said the painting would go under the hammer in London on  October 6th with an estimate of £60m-£80m

‘This painting gives me a shiver down my spine,’ says Christie’s chairman

A letter from the Yeats and family collection auctioned by Sotheby’s in London. The star lot was a collection of 130 letters between the poet and his life-long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespeare. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet’s writing desk, chair and hairbrushes sold but low estimate not reached for top lot

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Artist’s compelling West of Ireland landscapes introduced Connemara to the world

A portrait of the flautist Matt Molloy by John Blakey, which is on display and for sale at the at the Water Colour Society of Ireland’s 163rd annual exhibition.

Annual show in Dún Laoghaire is Ireland’s largest selling exhibition of watercolours

The  “Lady Lavery”: Dix Noonan Webb auctioneers has announced the sale of the most comprehensive private collection of Irish 10-shilling notes ever assembled.

London auction house sells comprehensive private collection of Irish ten-shilling notes

Descent from the Cross, an  18th century oil-on-canvas  by a ‘Follower of Pompeo Batoni goes under the hammer at  Sheppard’s in Laois.

1920s saphire and diamond ring fetches €22,000 at Adam’s

Gerard Dillon, ‘A Wet Day, Ireland’, oil on board, 38cm x 52cm, €20,000-€30,000

Irish art took a hit in the recession, but de Veres’ auction may spark fresh interest

‘The Visitor’ (oil-on-board) by Mark O’Neill €2,300

Photographic stills from the film ‘The Quiet Man’ more than double the estimate

A mid-century modern leather and teak armchair from Danish Designer Finn Juhl, valued at €4,950 from The Vintage Hub. This is considered to be the most intricate of the designs that France and Son manufactured and is available at the Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS from September 22-24.

Growing demand for Art Deco and mid-century modern reflected by sellers

 Matthew Floris of Sothebys holding Jack B Yeats’s collapsible top hat (€600-€800). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

200 items from the ‘Yeats Family Collection’ are being sold by WB Yeats’s grandchildren

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Even with the fall in sterling there are hefty costs involved in London sales

‘Railway Refreshment Room’ by Jack B Yeats is one of the paintings for sale

Major art works and memorabilia being sold by the Yeats family go on show in Dublin along with top Irish paintings. All are destin(...)

At Adams an interiors auction will feature furniture, silver, rugs, statuary and jewellery

A cartoon by “Kilroy” of  Dublin’s Archbishop John Charles McQuaid running a family planning clinic, one of the items up for auction.

Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ lots shed light on Ireland’s social, political and economic past

Audrey Hepburn: one of the most recognisable faces of 20th-century cinema

More than two decades after Audrey Hepburn's death, her family is now selling her art, letters and clothes

Lot 229 at O’Reilly’s, a ruby and diamond “Flamingo” brooch, with rubies of approx. 0.70ct in total, diamonds of approx. 0.72ct in total €2,100 (€1,300-€1,500)

PJ Mara’s desk and bronze statue of Brendan Behan in Adams’ Blackrock auction

Photograph: Getty Images

Thinking of investing in rare books? Do it for the love of books, not money, say the experts

Basil Blackshaw’s ‘Laganside at Dusk’

Fine Art auction: The Belfast-based TV company will sell paintings worth up to €300,000 in Dublin

A pair of 12-bore ‘The Premier Quality’ sidelock-ejector guns by EJ Churchill,  built in 1928  and owned by Vincent O’Brien, for auction at  Gleneagles

Vincent O’Brien’s guns to be auctioned in Gleneagles

Irish silver and Art Deco jewels are good investments. But always ask questions

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Mirrors, paintings, some rare silver and a fireplace salvaged from Merrion Square

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Gold sovereign coin and silver Eamon de Valera dinner plate among the sales

Series of 133 letters between William Butler Yeats and his close friend and early lover Olivia Shakespear.  (Estimate: £250,000-£350,000/€281,000-€394,000)

Art, manuscripts and heirlooms of Yeats family for sale after State grants export licence

Jack Butler Yeats: ‘The Sunset Belongs to You’, oil on board. (Estimate: £100,000-£150,000/€113,000-€169,000)

Items worth €2.1m belonging to John Butler and his four influential children for sale

Adelle Hughes, associate director at Whyte’s Auctioneers. “Buy the best you can afford instead of mediocre examples by several artists”

Choose the best work of a lesser artist, not the worst work of a great artist

Early gold sovereign proves its value, but jewellery worth less than original prices paid

Child in Interior, an oil–on–canvas by John Shinnors which sold for €21,500

John Shinnors shines in Connemara sale

Ted Hegarty, antiques auctioneer, Bandon, Co Cork

Brown furniture is unfashionable but a good punt, while oak, rosewood and mid-century modern are a buy

‘Connemara Bogpools’, oil-on-canvas, by Patrick Hennessy (€6,000-€8,000)

Irish photographer John Minihan’s famous study of Diana Spencer dates from 1980

Wassily Kandinsky’s Murnau – Landschaft mit grünem Haus

Ten highlights from the summer auctions

Lot 377 is a set of eight birch art deco dining chairs, made in Paris circa 1927 by André Arvos

Summer sale has some fine furniture for the dinging room and the garden

Stained-glass image, St Patrick Our National Apostle – Pray For Us, on show at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

Convent stained glass among 1,000 lots at Fonsie Mealy auction

Lot 15, ‘Galway Hookers, Roundstone Bay’ by Ivan Sutton, sold for €1,200 in de Veres online auction

Auctions & Fairs: Pair of sapphire and diamond cufflinks mounted in platinum, with Tiffany box and pouch, fetches €8,500

‘The Wedding Feast’ by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

‘The Wedding Feast’ by Pieter Brueghel the Younger sells for £1.8m at Sotheby’s

A Zulu War medal awarded to Dublin-born Corporal James Bushe after the defence of Rorke’s Drift on offer at Dix, Noonan, Web Auctioneers, London

Colourful collection of Lady Diana’s stepmother, Raine, Countess Spencer at Christie’s of London

Vivien Leigh  in a publicity portrait issued for  ‘Gone with the Wind’: Sotheby’s is to auction approximately 250 pieces of the actor’s    memorabilia with estimates ranging from £100   to £100,000. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Vivien Leigh’s memorabilia, art collection and personalised film script on the block

Pair of sapphire and diamond cufflinks made €18,650 at Sotheby’s in London

Sotheby’s selling collection owned by the late Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond

A crew-signed ‘Apollo 11’ emblem flown to the moon by command module pilot Michael Collins

Lunar sample bag used by Neil Armstrong has estimated price of $2m-$4m

Album of 22-year-old killed in the Somme includes valuable Irish memorabilia

A pair of 17th-century riding stirrups, made for Charles I and worn by his grandson William III (King Billy) in the battle of the Boyne, July 1690, failed to sell when bidding stalled at £38,000 – below the lower estimate (£40,000-£60,000)

King Billy’s stirrups from Battle of the Boyne fail to sell

Raine, Countess Spencer lived the high life until her death last year

A pair of 19th century giltwood console tables made €48,000 at Sheppards sale

Late 17th century Brussels tapestry makes €26,500, almost three times the top estimate (€6,000-€9,000)

Sword cane detail on the handle. They were popular among gentlemen who feared being attacked and robbed in the streets

Sword cane of Henry Paget who lost a leg in Waterloo and became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland sells for £8,000

While Kim Kardashian reported to have bought Jackie’s Cartier watch for $379,500

The stirrups can be seen in this painting, ‘The Battle of the Boyne’, by Dutch artist Jan van Huchtenburg

Just in time for ‘The Twelfth’ comes a collectible memento of the Battle of the Boyne

Coolattin House near Shillelagh, Co Wicklow

Sheppard’s to hold two-day house and garden auction in Co Wicklow’s Coolattin House

A 16th-century bone-inlaid box originally in Brackenstown House, Swords, Co Dublin, which is to be auctioned in England on Tuesday

Maroon vintage Model Y Baby Ford Prefect 1939 car fetches €4,000 at RJ Keighery’s City Auction Rooms in Waterford

More modern artists represented in the sale include William Osborne and Henry Robertson Craig

Lot 86, an antique blue-and-white ‘Qing Period’ vase measuring just 23cm sold for €740,000

Spotting the imperial pieces is now the stuff of legend in auction rooms

Reclining tiger painting may appeal to bidders nostalgic for the ‘Celtic Tiger’ days

Section from   “Self Portrait (1988)” by Michael Kane. Estimate: €2,000-€4,000. (Painting formerly thought to be a portrait of the late poet and novelist Anthony Cronin)

Lot at upcoming auction tuns out to be self-portrait not portrait of Anthony Cronin

Lightness of Being, a 2004 photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Chris Levine, sold in London for £187,500

One’s portrait sold for well over estimate at Sotheby’s

Interior (1961), by Tony O’Malley, is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

Art lover Michael Carroll bought works by O’Malley and Souther among others

Joseph Walsh, whose studio is in Co Cork, has also exhibited in the Pompidou in Paris

Tom Kenny, director of Kenny’s Bookshop and Art Gallery in Galway: “My acting highlight was playing in the first Irish language production of Ag Fanacht Le Godot directed by Alan Simpson.”

An idyllic childhood surrounded by books and encouragement from parents

Roderic O’Conor: “Woman Reading”, €18,000-€25,000.

`Woman Reading' is one of many works featured in Adam's Important Irish Art auction

A letter sent in 1967 by Jackie Kennedy to David Ormsby Gore. It was posted in Waterford

Letters reveal David Ormsby Gore proposed marriage to Jackie Kennedy

Rare ‘dragon’ paint bush washer sells in New York for $1.7m

‘For people starting out as collectors, furniture and art are the obvious choices’

Train your eye before investing in antiques

Antiques dealer PatrickJefferson in his Pimlico shop

Dealer Patrick Jefferson has assembled an impressive range of Irish antiques

One of 33 prints by  Spanish artist, Goya depicting bullfighting scenes

Newly-discovered bullfighting prints set to make more than €500,000

Phyllis MacNamara in Cobwebs at Quay Lane in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The joy of jewellery: After 45 years in business, Phyllis MacNamara still gets a thrill from holding a piece of jewellery

Jack B Yeats: From The Woods Shadow, €80,000-€120,000.

Paintings of Ireland at de Veres auction include work by Basil Blackshaw and Jack B Yeats

Some 40 pieces of art from Basil Blackshaw’s studio be auctioned by this month

“Farmstead with Cows Grazing by the River” by Frank McKelvey: Lot 8 (€4,000-€6,000) in the March 6th sale at Morgan O’Driscoll auctioneers, Skibbereen, Co Cork

Portrait of Down-born lord chief justice of England goes for £45,000 above estimate

Sheppard’s auction features diamond brooch given to woman in 1859

An Italian buyer bought this vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk  well above the estimate of €3,000-€5,000

A strong start to 2017 auctions in Dublin at Adam’s and Whyte’s

Patrick Meade: “I collect original book illustrations by artists who worked in London during the golden age of book illustration (late 19th and early 20th century).”

Patrick Meade has sold everything from shipwreck treasure to showbiz memorabilia

When the Boats Come In by Walter Frederick Osborne, estimated at £100,000- £150,000, on sale at auction at Bonhams,  London, on Wednesday, March 1st

Two paintings of significant Irish interest at Bonhams, London, 19th century art sale

Spring Flowers (oil-on-copper panel) by Stuart Morle (€1,000-€1,500)

Whyte’s hoping art market recovery will continue in 2017

A replica ‘Resolute’ desk made by a US company specialising in reproduction furniture is expected to make €1,500-€2,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s auction.

Piece modelled on ‘Resolute’ desk made from British ship timbers has €1,500-€2,000 guide

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