Detail from ‘Benefits Supervisor Resting’ by Lucien Freud, which goes under the hammer at Christie’s, New York, in May

The nude is one of the most ubiquitous subjects in western art – and the most challenging and difficult to get right. The greatest examples were creat(...)

‘L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man)’ by Alberto Giacometti

Christie’s is hoping that its New York auction on May 11th will also see a new world record achieved for sculpture. It is has announced an esti(...)

Detail from ‘The Coming of Spring’ sculpture at Christie’s London which made £194,500

Sunday (March 8th) Adam’s, 26 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Sunday Interiors Auction: 80 per cent of lots sold. An Irish George III silver four(...)

‘Peatstacks, Connemara’ by George Gillespie

Auction results Sunday (January 25th) Hegarty’s, Bandon, Co Cork. An early Queen Victoria gold sovereign, dated 1838, €1,500 (€1,000-€1,500). (...)

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

Almost all the surviving paintings by the Italian artist Caravaggio (1571-1610) are in museums, national galleries or churches in Italy. They are rega(...)

Prof James Watson, who jointly discovered the DNA double helix with Francis Crick, is to sell the Nobel medal he won in 1962. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the world’s best-known scientists is selling his Nobel Prize medal in a bid to allow him to “re-enter public life” after being shunned for the (...)

Dated from 1463, the map was made in Venice by the cartographer Grazioso Benincasa

The earliest known map of Ireland without Britain – found in a 15th century atlas valued at up to €3 million – has failed to sell at auction in London(...)

‘The Bathing Hour, Lido, Venice’ by Sir John Lavery sells for £686,500

Monday, November 17th Bonhams, London. Paysage Breton by Roderic O’Conor £135,000 (£150,000 -£200,000). Tuesday, November 18th Sotheby’s, London. A w(...)

Christie’s: John Lavery’s The Bathing Hour, Lido, Venice.

Next week’s art auctions in London feature some notable lots of Irish interest. On Monday evening at Bonhams in New Bond Street, Paysage Breton, by Ro(...)

Detail from watercolour drawings in the manuscripts of 17th-century German artist Johann Joachim Henneberger

Like the mysterious monks who created Ireland’s illuminated manuscripts, little is known about 17th-century German artist Johann Joachim Henneberger. (...)