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

Results Thursday, February 11th: Christie’s, London. Post-war and contemporary art auction. Two Figures by Francis Bacon, £5.4 million (£5 mill(...)

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

In 1975, Francis Bacon made a startling (and typically shocking) painting of himself and his lover George Dyer, who had taken his own life in 1971, ob(...)

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

Film posters, costumes and props are increasingly popular collectibles and none more so than memorabilia associated with James Bond. Christie’s in Lon(...)

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

The past 12 months saw a recovery in the Irish market and a continuing boom in international art and antique sales. Auctioneers face 2016 with confid(...)

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

In May 1979, arriving at No 10 Downing Street as Britain’s first woman prime minister, Mrs Thatcher famously quoted the prayer attributed to St Franci(...)

Detail from ‘The Boat Builder’ by Jack B Yeats

After modest results in recent London auctions at both Bonhams and Sotheby’s, Irish art had a good night in London on Wednesday at Christie’s “(...)

Detail from Sir John Lavery’s The Maid was in the Garden Hanging out the Clothes is estimated at £300,000-£500,000

Last month, Japanese Switzerland, a painting by Sir John Lavery was the top lot at Sotheby’s “Irish Sale” in London where it sold for £509,000 (app(...)

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(...)

A guard walks past Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” on display at a press preview at Christie’s auction house in New York. Photograph: Timonth A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

In an overheated art market where anything seems possible, a painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early-20th-century artist Amedeo Modigli(...)

Detail from ‘The Brigadier’ portrait by Lucian Freud, which  goes on sale in Christie’s New York next month

Visitors to the Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal will notice a large painting titled The Brigadier. It’s a portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles, a fo(...)