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(...)

A letter written to Jackie Kennedy by Father Leonard. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

An expert on rare books has consented to permanent orders restraining him representing himself as the owner or seller of letters between former US fir(...)

Exceeding the estimate: Chinese pale and russet jade ritual wine vessel, expected to sell for €6,000 sold for €380,000 at Adam’s

A little piece of carved Chinese jade with a top estimate of €6,000 sold for €380,000 at Adam’s, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin last Sunday. The 18th cent(...)

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy wirh Fr Joseph Leonard: the archive of her correspondence with the priest will be sold at auction next month. Photograph supplied by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House. 2:48

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s thoughts about her marriage to President John F Kennedy, their life in the White House and her reaction to his assassinat(...)

Fr Joseph Leonard and Jackie Kennedy. Photograph supplied by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House 2:48

It was the most unlikely friendship – a beautiful , wealthy American student in Washington DC and an elderly Irish priest living in semi-retirement, m(...)