Nuns from the Convent of Mercy in Doon, Co Limerick

The auction features some 400 lots, including antique furniture, a Victorian pipe organ, a confession box, religious prints and st(...)

James Gorry in his gallery on Molesworth Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

James Gorry, a Dublin picture restorer and art dealer, shares his wisdom

Sir Alfred and Lady Beit in Russborough House. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Three paintings from Russborough House head back to auction

Adam’s auction of Fine Jewellery & Watches includes Lot 118, a novelty gold brooch by Cartier designed as a rabbit with ruby eyes and onyx nose, munching on a coral carrot (€6,000-€8,000)

A kilo of silver makes three times its estimate at John Weldon Auctioneers

Coolattin House, near the village of Shillelagh, was at the centre of one of the biggest and wealthiest Anglo-Irish estates.

Wide variety of lots from several estates on offer with estimates from €40-€80,000

Morgan O’Driscoll: “When I was 15, we went to the Louvre, an experience I found mindblowing. I was totally overwhelmed, not just by the beauty, but the power of the things that we saw.”

‘The idea of art as a career never entered my head until a school trip to France when 15’

Furze finds: Portrait de femme au chapeau [Portrait of a woman wearing a hat], by Sir John Lavery; The Fern in the Area, by Jack B Yeats; and Landscape with Cottage, by Paul Henry.

Lavery, Henry and Yeats pictures found in ditch go under the hammer

‘The Children of Oliver St John Gogarty, Dermot, Brenda and Noll at Renvyle, Connemara with the Twelve Pins’, estimated at €10,000-€15,000, at the Fonsie Mealy auction.

Portrait shows privileged children of Oliver St John Gogarty at Connemara holiday home

The 1976 silver-grey Silver Shadow Rolls Royce which is for for sale

Classic and vintage cars widely collected in Ireland

Antiques dealer John McGrane pictured in his Gormanston, Co Meath premises. Photograph: Dave Meehan

“I eventually found the money hidden underneath my own bathroom’s shower tray”

Kate Middleton wearing her sapphire engagement ring which was once owned by Lady Diana

Popularity partly due to the “Duchess of Cambridge effect”

Michelle Brophy, auctions co-ordinator with Sheppard’s Irish Auction House, the art and antiques auctioneers based in Durrow, Co Laois. Photograph: Frank Miller

“I should have gone to China to learn Mandarin”

Top row: (left-to-right): 1 P.E. Sweeney; 2 J.J. Walsh; 3 T Hunter; 4 W Tobin.  Middle Row: 5 J Byrne; 6 P Beazley; 7 D O’Callaghan; 8 J Bevan.  Bottom row: 9 P.C. Doyle;  10 J Melinn; 11 J.J. Hughes; 12 “unknown”.

Rare police mugshots of Easter Rising rebels to be auctioned in London - but who is the 12th man?

Detail from Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s Venus and Jupiter, oil on oak panel, which is to be sold by the Alfred Beit Foundation to raise funds for the upkeep of the house.

Auction of valuable works set for next month after being delayed following public outcry

Paul Henry’s “Connemara Landscape”, a traditional image of thatched cottages, turf stacks and cumulous clouds, made €100,000

Paul Henry and Jack B Yeats are still the top names

In 1995, Rody  Keighery built one of the largest purpose-built auction rooms in the country.

‘You never know what will turn up – or where’

‘A View of Semur-en-Auxois’ whichde Veres sold for €41,000

Paintings that appreciate significantly in value few and far between

 Stuart Purcell: ’Working with collectibles is fascinating, the endless variety is fantastic.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Objects connect you to a moment in history’

‘[Miscellaneous Objects], North Bray Harbour, County Wicklow’ by Harry Kernoff

Auctions at Whyte’s and Adam’s on view this weekend

Lotabeg: auctioneer George Gerard Mealy said “people were disgruntled by queues on the way in but were extremely happy on the way out”.

‘Huge interest’ from both from Irish and international bidders

The auctioneer said he had “never seen an auction capture the public imagination to such an extent”. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 7,000 queue to see contents of ‘house that time forgot’ over three days

Vincent Hart’s Star of India is among the more than 700 lots on view at Lotabeg

‘House that time forgot’ opens to public for viewing

Bill Canning: “Victorian art has stood the test of time – the artists had great skill and could tell a story”

‘Victorian art is undervalued because it has been out of fashion since the 1990s’

Basil Bradshaw’s ‘Headland 2’

De Veres has four lots by Blackshaw in its Irish Art Auction

‘On the Lagoon, Venice’ by Pietro Fragiacomo €4,000 - €6,000

A court document dated 1775 concerning Elvis Presley’s Co Wicklow ancestor William Presley for €2,300

Detail from Sir John Lavery’s painting ‘Mrs Osler’

Irish artist’s depiction of a woman who embraced the Jazz Age in 1920s French Riviera

The front exterior of Lotabeg

House where sun went down on British Empire reveals its secrets as contents to be auctioned

Martina Noonan: “I wrote a thesis on 18th century Irish silver which is my first love.”

“I have a distinct memory of the intrigue I felt – aged about nine – attending a country house sale with my mother”

‘The Birds are on the Move’, with an estimated value of €60,000- €80,000, was owned by a former Swiss ambassador to Ireland, Guy de Keller. It dates from 1955.

Previous owners were Lord Killanin and former Swiss ambassador to Ireland

Danske Bank’s collection of antique silver is expected to fetch up to €20,000

Collection expected to sell between €10,000 and €20,000 at John Weldon Auctioneers

A waxwork of Hitler for €15m, Rodin’s ‘L’Éternel Printemps’, and a record-breaking Basquiat

Michael Jordan: “The main question a collector or investor should ask is “what is the re-saleable opportunity of this item if I have to sell it?” Photograph: Dave Cullen Photography

‘People are buying jewellery to wear and not to be left in the safe or bedside locker’

Aidan Hickey painting at the 138th annual exhibition of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club in Dún Laoghaire: Colm, a portrait of the writer Colm Tóibín, priced at €3,000

The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club exhibition includes two paintings by Aidan Hickey

Lot 163 comprises  six unpublished photographs of Bing Crosby playing golf during a charity event at the Woodbrook Golf Club near Bray, Co Wicklow, in September 1961

Whyte’s eclectic sale features stamps, photos of Bing Crosby and unused tram tickets

Detail of ‘The Hook Lighthouse’ by Ivan Sutton at Dolan’s Art Auction House (€800-€1,200)

A `sleeper' Chinese bowl makes €37,000, a Tricolour flown in Enniscorthy during the Rising, plus a host of Irish art at Dolan's

‘Him’: waxwork Hitler by Maurizio Cattelan goes to auction on May 8th at Christie’s in New York

‘Him’ depicts Hitler praying and raises challenging questions about action and absolution

Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) in 1916: presumably, auctions were cancelled after the events of Easter Monday

An electric vacuum cleaner and Pekingese dogs were on offer in salerooms of 1916

Joy Danker in her shop at the Royal Hibernian Way in Dublin: “My personal interest is in Irish Celtic revival silver”

‘The soprano Maria Callas walked into the shop one day . . . and started to sing’

Days before execution by firing squad, dispatch sent to commander of Fourt Courts

Oliver Usher: “I fell into the business, by chance, 37 years ago”

‘Buy what you love, not necessarily what the market dictates’

This diamond and jade butterfly brooch in 18ct gold sold for  €1,500 through John Weldon Auctioneers

A yachting trophy, a jade butterfly and a ticket for the game on Bloody Sunday

‘A Kerry Lake’ by Paul Henry (1935)

Henry painting described as one of his finest late works

A pencil sketch self-portrait by the artist Sir William Orpen depicting himself drinking wine through two straws

Douglas Hyde, Countess Markievicz and WB Yeats signed the book, which goes on auction

Singer’s ancestor fled Ireland for the US in the 18th-century after assault, paper shows

Thomas Clarke as an infant with his family and a tribesman in the Cape of Good Hope.

Image shows one of the future leaders of the Easter Rising in the Cape of Good Hope

Rory Guthrie: ‘Never buy a poor work based solely on an artist’s reputation or fame. A bad picture is always going to be a difficult seller in any market no matter who painted it, whereas a piece of quality will always find a buyer’

‘Nine times out of 10 your first instinct about a picture is the right one’

A photograph of Michael Collins, by Keogh of Dublin, depicting him in the uniform of the Irish Volunteers in about 1918

History sale at Adam’s includes an original handwritten letter from Michael Collins and a rare photograph of him

For auction John Weldon Auctioneers: a diamond- and jade-set butterfly brooch set in 18ct gold (€1,500-€2,500)

Paper money, a jade-set butterfly and a preview of Bonhams highlights

The Pegasus triptych at its new home outside the K Club in Straffan, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke

Three-part sculpture moved from outside Independent Newspapers’ printing plant

A 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Cabriolet, once owned by Lord Louis Mountbatten,  Britain’s last viceroy of India who was murdered by the IRA in 1979

Famous previous owners can boost prices of vintage motors

The Israelites Attacking the Amalekites (oil-on-marble panel) attributed to Antonio Tempesta, €28,000

Ordnance survey maps from the 19th century, and an Ulster collection

Anthony O’Reilly: Sale of Anthony O’Reilly’s artworks begins. Photograph: The Irish Times

Family collection of 45 artworks ‘amassed over a lifetime’and valued at up to £400,000

Thought to be one of just 20 such privately owned notes, the £50 may fetch £18,000

Charlie Minter: “A great aspect of the job is the unexpected. You never know who’s going to be on the end of the telephone or what you’ll see behind a door.”

‘Buying art involves an emotional and financial commitment’

Pat Davin – a renowned athlete from Carrick-on-Suir and brother of Maurice Davin (co-founder and first president of the GAA) – kept a diary during the 1888 month-long hurling tour of US cities. The diary goes under hammer on April 23rd

More than half the athletes on the 1888 GAA ‘junket’ to the US failed to return to Ireland

Robin O’Donnell: ‘I am a complete antiques nut and love everything old. Cars would be my weakness’

‘There has never been – nor will there ever be – a better time to buy brown furniture’

A boycott notice, a library and a bronze Bloomsday

A Spanish 18th–century oil-on-canvas by an unknown artist of ‘A Still Life of Vegetables including Cabbage, Artichoke, Lemons, Carrots, Gherkins and a String of Garlic, with a Brass Basket on a Stone Ledge’, estimated at €15,000-€20,000

Art and antiques collected by ‘continental lady’ in Northern Ireland at Adam’s

Sotheby’s silver sale in Manhattan includes a large Celtic revival-style Irish trophy made in 1853

The linen handkerchief reputedly used by 1916 rebels as a ‘white flag’ in Moore Street to surrender to British troops.

Linen handkerchief reportedly used to surrender to British troops will be auctioned

‘The Taking of Christ’ by Michelangelo MerisiCaravaggio (1602). Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland and the Jesuit Community, Leeson Street, Dublin who acknowledge the generosity of the late Dr Marie Lea-Wilson

Husband’s assassination – ordered by Michael Collins – in a revenge attack for his role in suppressing the Rising prompted grievin(...)

‘The Punishments of China’ (1801) illustrates various punishments including the gruesome ‘Hamestringing a Malefactor’. The estimate at Purcell Auctioneers is (€600-€800)

Postmaster’s collection of antiquarian books for auction

Niall Mullen: “There are no programmes about antiques on the  Irish TV channels since RTÉ discontinued ‘The Dealers’ eight years ago”

‘I source, restore, market and sell items from Ireland and abroad and the hunt is always the best part’

A Victorian horseracing board game, originally from Slane Castle (home of the Conyngham family), entitled The Conyngham Cup – Race Game, is based on a famous annual steeplechase  that is still held at Punchestown. It is to be auctioned through Matthews

Strong results from Adam's Important Irish Art sale, plus Roger Casement's treasure map and a preview of interesting items at O'D(...)

 An original sketch-map in Sir Roger Casement’s hand was sold at an auction of Easter Rising-related items in England.

Map showing where he buried valuables after Banna Strand landing to go on display

Roger Casement: Listed “GBP 50 in gold and silver; 1 pair binoculars; and 1 lamp”

Chorley’s auctioneers says map will go under the hammer with estimate of £1,500-£2,000

‘Man Reading’, by Jack B Yeats (1945), was acquired from the artist by the current owners’ family and has been in their private collection ever since. The estimate for its sale at Adam’s is €60,000-€90,000

Adam’s auction includes a double-sided Tony O’Malley, although it’s not a Bacon this time

Jane Beattie: ‘Occasionally, we come across precious objects that people have lived with for many years and disregarded. Finding these and breaking the exciting news is perhaps my favourite aspect of the job’

‘I liaise with specialists across a broad range of disciplines, many of whom are leaders in their fields of expertise’

Auction also includes antique clocks and timepieces collected by the late Michael Guerin

Part of a  racecard for the Ward Union Hunt Steeplechases at Fairyhouse racecourse on Easter Monday 1916, which was  attended by many British soldiers garrisoned in Ireland who were therefore unable to respond immediately to the rebellion. It sold for €4,000 at Whyte’s

A copy of the Proclamation, photographs of Roger Casement, a bottle of 1916 whiskey and Éamon de Valera's prison diary sell at Wh(...)

The IRA notice, which would have been posted in a public place in Tulla, warned the shop to cease to “import and distribute goods for crown forces” which the IRA considered to be “an act of war”

‘Rare’ notice comes to light after 96 years and is estimated to fetch up to €400

Painting of a male nude by Francis Bacon.

‘It being St Patrick’s Day, the stars could not have been more aligned’

Tom Clarke’s medal, which had been expected to sell for up to €120,000, was withdrawn by the auctioneer when bidding stalled at €80,000. Photograph: PA

Decorations awarded posthumously to patriots’ Thomas Clarke and Joseph Plunkett

Detail of the cover of the catalogue, from 1904,  which is priced €1,500

The catalogue is likely to appeal to art historians, researchers and collectors interested in the Beit collection

Detail of the  copy of the Proclamation for auction through Whyte’s, estimate €150,000-€250,000

Will this weekend’s major centenary auction live up to the attendant hype around 1916 memorabilia?

An 18th-century Carrara marble fireplace that was once in Wolfe Tone’s house made €36,000

A 5ft tall sculpture and a fireplace made strong prices, and the original fire surround, looted from Woodstock House before it was(...)

Eamonn de Burca: ‘As a general rule of thumb, with really rare books one can expect to double one’s money in 10 years’

“I bought my first antiquarian book in Castlebar at the age of 16”

‘The Housekeeper’ by William Leech, made €70,000  at De Veres

Paintings by Roderic O’Conor, William Leech, Sir John Lavery and Paul Henry all sell; Irish silver and march hares on the market(...)

Joseph Plunkett’s 1916 Medal, which is to be sold at auction in Dublin. Photograph: Whyte’s

1916 Medals were awarded posthumously to Thomas Clarke and Joseph Plunkett

Painting of a male nude by Francis Bacon. Dublin-born Bacon, who spent his working life in England and died in 1992, has, in the past decade, become one of the most expensive painters in art history.

Artist’s portrait has been discovered on the reverse of works by Irish artist Tony O’Malley

Late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu (inset) bought his Mercedes-Benz 350 SL (above) in 1973. It is to be auctioned in aid of the Crosscause charity.

Late Romanian dictator’s car with Securitate technology to be sold in aid of Crosscause

Martin Fennelly: ‘I love having antiques from Ireland in my shop . . . they are wonderful creations, little memory capsules and often evoke an elegiac response from the viewer’. Photograph: Podge Kelly

The former banker runs his own shop on Francis Street in Dublin’s ‘art and antiques quarter’

Strokestown Park House,  the new home of the clock

Strokestown Park is revealed as new home for the ‘Speaker’s Clock’, Ireland’s Big Ben

Detail of ‘The Housekeeper’, by William Leech, which  is being sold from a private collection

Leech’s ‘The Housekeeper’, an oil on canvas, has an estimate of €30,000-€50,000

“Pole Position” by artist David Rooney has  Anglo Irish Bank’s Seán FitzPatrick as a Formula One racing driver. The drawing sold for  €3,000 o at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois

Drawing from the Celtic Tiger era goes for €3,000

Some Characters Seen at Cheltenham on Gold Cup Day, by the English artist Waldron West,   formerly hung in the Cashel Palace Hotel, Co Tipperary and made   €13,000

James Bond memorabilia at Christie’s, fine period interiors at Adam’s and a Dublin book fair to look forward to

‘The Quay Worker’s Home’ by Jack B Yeats, first shown in public in 1927, is estimated at €60,000-€80,000

Whyte’s auction highlight is a ‘rare depiction of urban life in 1920s Ireland’. The show also includes work by Paul Henry, Patrick(...)

Map of the manor of Abbeyleix, Co Laois, which is reputedly the oldest planned estate town in Ireland

An estate map made in 1828 was discovered in the loft of an outhouse belonging to the Viscounts de Vesci, who planned the town

‘Some Characters Seen at Cheltenham on Gold Cup Day’, by English artist Waldron West.

Buyer may represent consortium that bought hotel, according to speculation

Letters from Princess Diana: A few months before she died, the princess had consigned many of her dresses to auction to raise funds for charity. Photograph: Reuters

Letters from ‘people’s princess’ to go under the hammer with top end reserve of €1,200

Lot 165, a late Victorian glazed pottery tobacco jar with detachable cover, will be auctioned at Adam’s

An anthropomorphic tobacco jar with an estimate of €15,000-€25,000 will appeal to niche collectors of “Martinware”

‘Lismore Castle with Mrs Hammersley in the Foreground’ by Duncan Grant, which the Duchess of Devonshire had   hanging in her bedroom at Chatsworth Estate

Deborah Cavendish’s personal collection includes a previously unknown painting of Lismore Castle, her Elvis ephemera, and a signed(...)

Erica Devine: ‘Avoid using picture lights over paintings, as they deliver a high dose of heat and light’

‘Memorable projects include preparing the jewelled Star of the Order of St Patrick for display at the banquet for Queen Elizabeth (...)

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