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(...)

An early 20th-century flying machine guiding at €3,000-€5,000

Viewing begins in Durrow and online today for 1,300 eclectic lots

A mahogany dining table attributed to early 19th-century Dublin cabinet-makers Gillingtons, which was the best sale at the auction, at €70,000

600 lots offered at on-site auction of contents of Courtown House, a mansion in Kildare

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

Michael Flatley  in his studio: the sales  of his work at an Irish and international art auction show  he is now second only to Jack B Yeats in the list of the highest prices for paintings achieved at auction in Ireland thus far in 2015

Dancer has become one of the most expensive living Irish artists

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?

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