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 (...)

The Visit of Queen Victoria to Cork Harbour in 1849   by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson, estimated at  €25,000-€35,000

Lucian Freud’s ‘Head of Esther’ sells at Christie’s for £4.7m (estimate £2.5m-£3.5m)

The black-and-white pen-and-ink drawing entitled “Pole Position” depicts Seán FitzPatrick as a Formula One driver in an Anglo Irish Bank branded racing car.  Illustration: David Rooney

Image of banker in racing car by artist David Rooney is estimated to fetch up to €300

On parade at Cheltenham: (left to right) Peter Payne-Gallwey, trainer and steward; Phil Bull, racehorse owner and founder of the Timeform system of handicapping horses; Sir Winston Churchill, British prime minister; his wife, Lady Spencer- Churchill; Harry Wragg, racehorse owner and famous jockey; Keith Piggott, jockey, trainer and  father of jockey Lester Piggott; Anne, Duchess of Westminster, owner of racehorses including Arkle; ‘Frenchie’ Nicholson, trainer and founder of a jockey school; Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth; Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort,  Trainer of horses for British royal family; Ian Balding, trainer; Dorothy Paget, racehorse owner; Sir Noel Murless, trainer; Charlie Smirke, jockey; his wife, Ann Smirke; Dan O’Brien, trainer and father of Vincent O’Brien; Barry Fitzgerald, Irish film actor, whose real name was William Joseph Shields, best known for his role as Michaleen in ‘The Quiet Man’; Arthur Shields, Irish film actor, brother of Barry Fitzgerald, best known for his role as Rev Playfair in ‘The Quiet Man’; JP Donleavy,  Irish-American author –  or, possibly, his father, Pat Donleavy; Prince and Princess Monolulu, A famous, turban-wearing racing tipster and his partner; Pat Gray and Annie Hickman,  Tipperary farmer racegoer and his wife; Grania Cazenove, owner of a Tipperary stud farm; Waldron West, the artist disguised as a policeman; Herbert and Mrs Blagrave; trainer and his wife

A future queen of England, Irish film stars, Sir Winston Churchill, the duchess who owned Arkle, the sheepskin brigade, and Tipper(...)

Anne Redpath’s still life ‘Flowers in a Spotted Jug’, which fetched more than £85,000 at Bonhams’ Scottish auction.

Consignments sought for Bonham’s 17th annual Scottish sale in Edinburgh

A Connemara Village was first exhibited by the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London, in April 1934 and then, in November 1937, at Combridge’s Gallery in Dublin where former taoiseach John A Costello is understood to have bought it for £85.

‘A Connemara Village’ by Paul Henry, valued at up to €100,000, sold for £85 in the 1930s

Two Figures: the painting is being sold by Michael Peppiatt, a friend and confidant of the artist and a curator and biographer of his work

Despite being cut in half, the painting is expected to fetch up to £7 million

A prison diary owned by Éamon de Valera when he was jailed in England after the 1916 Rising has come to light and will be auctioned in Dublin next month.

Republican kept journal while he was in jail in England following the 1916 Rising

Pregnant Girl by Lucian Freud (1960-61), depicts Bernardine Coverley while pregnant with Bella Freud

The convent schoolgirl fell for the artist, and they had two daughters

Daniel Craig as 007 in ‘Spectre’: An Aston Martin DB10 car ‘designed and engineered’ for the film has a top estimate of £1.5 million

Memorabilia from ‘Spectre’, the third film that stars Daniel Craig as 007, will be auctioned in February and all proceeds will(...)

Medals belonging to  Bridget Connolly, who served in the 1916 Rising and War of Independence, which sold at auction for $7,250 in New York on Thursday

Seán T O’Kelly’s medals among items that failed to sell at the New York event

Medals awarded to Seán T O’Kelly, one of the Volunteers who was in the GPO and who later became the second president of Ireland, will be auctioned in New York next Thursday, with an estimate of $12,000-$15,000

Whyte’s, Adams and Fonsie Mealy are holding major auctions of 1916 artefacts

The 1916 Rising medal posthumously awarded to Joseph Plunkett, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation, has turned up and will be sold at auction in Dublin in March.

Posthumous award issued in 1940s by government assigned top estimate of €100,000

Copy of the 1916 Proclamation reputedly taken out of the GPO by James Ryan. It is due to be auctioned in Dublin in April.

Document is said to have been salvaged from ruins of post office by rebels’ medical officer

The keys which are said to have been found in the ruins of the GPO

Set of keys reputedly found in ruins of the GPO to be sold at auction

Three Studies for a Self-Portrait, oil on canvas, by Francis Bacon. Bacon’s work routinely sells for millions – Three Studies of Lucien Freud sold for a record $142.4 million in 2013. Photograph: Sothebys/PA Wire

The book will list all of Francis Bacon’s works, including 100 previously unpublished paintings

Stormont Gate Lodge by Colin Davidson (the Northern Ireland artist who painted the recent Time magazine cover portrait of Angela Merkel), an oil-on-canvas, 60cm x 76cm, estimated at €2,000-€3,000. See morganodriscoll.com.

Fine art and furniture auctions around the country

Richly-illustrated book on murals published by Cork University Press

‘A Village Kermesse near Antwerp’ by David Teniers II, purchased by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn and donated to State

Lochlann and Brenda Quinn to donate Beit painting to National Gallery of Ireland

Former president Seán T O’Kelly inspecting a guard of honour outside the GPO in 1957.

Large Rising collection to be auctioned including medals awarded to Seán T O’Kelly

The medals of former president of Ireland Seán T O’Kelly against the pennant carried on the president’s car. Photograph: Spink

De Valera-led government honoured 1916 and War of Independence veterans in 1941

Picasso’s ‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ sold for €158 million

Auctioneers confidence restored as demand returns

Margaret Thatcher: the packed auction in central London  attracted telephone and online bids from 41 countries worldwide.   Photograph:  © Bettmann/CORBIS

Spectacular demand for Iron Lady’s personal effects at Christie’s

A print of a watercolour by an unknown Victorian artist of flooding in the Shannon

Book published in 1880 by Henry Trench with lithographic views of watercolours by an unknown Victorian artist

The document is one of an estimated 50 surviving copies of the 1,000 printed in Liberty Hall on Easter Sunday, 1916

Sotheby’s sale goes ‘phenomenally well’ as ‘private collector’ buys defining document

Only 50 copies of the Proclamation out of a print run of 1,000 are believed to have survived

Sotheby’s to auction unsigned copy just two weeks before centenary of Easter Rising

The “Tank” raincoat Margaret Thatcher wore during a visit to British troops in Germany in 1986 is estimated at £10,000-£20,000

Christie’s auction includes the Iron Lady’s wedding outfit and jewellery collection

Reflections of Positano 1 by Michael Flatley sold for €34,000

79% of lots sold at last big Irish art auction of 2015

A map of Ireland from the Richard S J Clarke collection of cartography, for auction at Adam’s

Three auctions offer huge selection for collectors and special Christmas gifts

 One of the images for auction. “Heifer and Harvest Cart on Boat, going for Haycocks, and drawn by Wire across to Landing Stage”

Book published in 1880 containing rare images of river will be sold at auction next week

A 1947 photograph of Brendan Bracken. Source: Wikipedia/Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO).

Material seen as ‘highly important’ as personal papers of Churchill ally destroyed after death

Man In A Train, Thinking by Jack B Yeats (right) made €220,000

Up to 80 per cent of lots sold at Whyte’s, de Veres and Adam’s

‘Reflections of Positano 1’ by Michael Flatley

‘Business’ by Yeats takes top lot in RDS art auction in Dublin

The Lock by John Constable: the painting depicts a scene on the river Stour in the artist’s native Suffolk

Painting by John Constable last appeared at auction 150 years ago when it sold for £860 to a wealthy English family who have owned(...)

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