Pamela Mitford, painted in Paris c1925, by Paul César Helleu (1859-1927). The portrait will go under the hammer in Dublin next month

In the 1950s Pamela Jackson, an Englishwoman who lived at Tullamaine Castle near Fethard, Co Tipperary decided to leave Ireland. She had separated fro(...)

Jaques Staunton ivory chess set estimated at €8,000-€10,000

Fans of chess are likely to be among the bidders in Adam’s saleroom in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, next Sunday, November 22nd. The “Fine Period Interi(...)

A ‘poison’ or ‘relic’ ring with a hidden compartment

Results: Wednesday (November 11th) Bonhams, London. A copy of the so-called Wicked Bible – published in London in 1631 – containing the infamously (...)

Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting was inspired by a comic book image

A new world auction record price for the American “pop art” painter Roy Lichtenstein was achieved at Christie’s in New York on Monday when his 1964 pa(...)

Norman Parkinson photograph of Baroness Thatcher: her belongings are being sold. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

As briefcases go, there’s none more exclusive than the red leather prime ministerial dispatch box embossed, in gold, with the royal cypher of Queen El(...)

Page from the 1631 bible which reads: “Thou shalt commit adultery”

One of the greatest howlers in English publishing history occurred in 1631 when a version of The Holy Bible was published in London with the word “not(...)

‘Winter in Florida’ by Sir John Lavery sold for $200,000

Auction Results Tuesday (November 3rd) Sotheby’s, New York. Winter in Florida (oil on canvas) by Sir John Lavery, $200,000 ($200,000- $250,(...)

Sr Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart”, 8ft x 6ft on a marbleised base, is estimated at between €200-€300

In the mid-20th century there were about 8,000 nuns in Ireland and at least one convent – and associated school – in almost every town. Today, it i(...)

Sir John Lavery’s ‘Winter in Florida’ dates from around 1927

Another painting by Sir John Lavery – his Japanese Winter sold for £509,000 (€693,000) in last week’s Irish Sale in London – is going under the hammer(...)

Detail from the poster  for the Charlie Chaplin film ‘A Dog’s Life’ sold for £37,500

Rare Charlies Chaplin film posters were among the highlights in an auction at Bonhams in London last week entitled ‘Richard Attenborough: A Life Both (...)