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

Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois starts the 2015 season with a three-day auction beginning next Tuesday, March 2nd. The catalogue ha(...)

Christy Sheppard with his son Michael, who now heads the business

Christopher “Christy” Sheppard, the founder of Sheppard’s Irish Auction House – one of Ireland’s best known auctioneers of fine art and antiques – die(...)

The year 2014 in Irish salerooms will be remembered for what might have been as the two most keenly anticipated auctions never actually happened. The (...)

Detail from the 19th century, carved-wood humidor with images of the Taj Mahal, €3,000-€5,000  at Sheppard’s Three Day Auction

The sumptuous Taj Mahal in Agra is India’ most famous building – a white marble mausoleum built in the 17th century by a grief-stricken Mughal empe(...)

Letters sent from Jackie Kennedy, the wife of late US president John F. Kennedy, to a Dublin priest have been returned to the Kennedy family. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images.

Letters sent to an Irish priest by Jackie Kennedy, the former US first lady, have been returned to the Kennedy family. The Catholic Vincentian Order i(...)

Auctioneers Michael (left) and Philip Sheppard with lotting co-ordinator Michelle Brophy

In a further sign of improving business sentiment, Sheppard’s auctioneers has announced the opening of a Dublin office at 120 Pembroke Road in Ballsbr(...)

Le Modèle by André Derain sold for €120,000

An Irish businessman living in Paris has come in for a financial windfall of €120,000 after discovering a painting by an important French artist.The m(...)

Antique Chinese cloisonné bronze guang – a type of decorative ewer used for pouring rice wine at ritual banquets – sold for €250,000, 10 times the estimate (€20,000-€30,000) at Sheppard’s

Sheppard’s had another stroke of Chinese good fortune this week as the Durrow, Co Laois auctioneers held its first auction since last month’s cancelle(...)

Workmen found what they thought was an old press or bathroom cabinet and were about to dump it into a skip when Fr John O’Reilly asked them to leave it to one side

A Flemish altarpiece discovered by a priest in Co Wexford was sold at auction last night for €40,000. The 15th-century artwork went under the hammer a(...)

Bobby Campion (centre) with Jack Moyney’s extended family at the official opening of a first World War museum at Bob’s Bar in Durrow, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:25

“Stop writing about the first World War” is how former Irish Times journalist Kevin Myers recalls the advice given to him by the newspaper’s editor, (...)