Sunday (November 22nd) Adam’s, 26 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Fine Period Interiors auction. 70 per cent of lots sold. Lot 386, a George I gilt(...)

Liu Yiqian, a billionaire industrialist and art collector. ‘The message to the West is clear: We have bought their buildings, we have bought their companies, and now we are going to buy their art.’ Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Even as the cost of his quarry pulled away from the $100 (€93) million mark, Liu Yiqian remained calm. “I was on the phone with a girl from Christie’s(...)

A model poses with a 12.03 carats cushion-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond mounted on a ring at Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva. The “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million). Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The rare and flawless “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million) to a Hong Kong buyer on Wednesday, setting a world record(...)

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(...)

‘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,(...)

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(...)

Hastings Railway Station by Walter Frederick Osborne: sold for £62,500 at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s much-anticipated Irish art sale in London on Wednesday afternoon didn’t quite live up to expectations, with 26 of the 71 lots remaining unso(...)

 David Ashmore: move shrouded in secrecy
David Ashmore goes forth

After three years at Sherry FitzGerald, news reaches the Block that David Ashmore, head of its Country Estates, Farms and all round Big Piles division(...)

View from Howth by Sir William Orpen, estimated at £80,000- £120,000

Sotheby’s first auction in London dedicated to Irish Art took place 20 years ago, in 1995, and quickly became established as an annual landmark eve(...)

Ernest Shackleton’s Aurora Australis sold for £122,500

Auction Results Wednesday (September 30th) Sotheby’s, London. Rare travel books relating to the polar explorers. Described as “the first book printe(...)