The diary was kept  by Minnie Burton, wife of Harry Burton, the photographer  who spent eight years recording the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun

How will future historians manage without diaries? The hand-written journals kept by the great and the good, the bad and the ugly and even (or especia(...)

A detail from ‘La Bocca della Verità’ by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder: a “masterpiece of German Renaissance painting”

Irish interest in last month’s London week of ‘Old Master’ auctions waned following the withdrawal from Christie’s by the Alfred Beit Foundation of th(...)

Detail from The Learner by Jack B Yeats, one of the paintings already consigned to The Irish Sale at Sotheby’s in London on October 21st

Thinking of selling art or antiques? Some auctioneers have already announced auction dates and are actively seeking consignments this month. All offer(...)

The Convalescent by William Gale, which was sold at auction in London for about €52,000

Like many of the best things in life, seaside outings were invented by the Victorians. The development of the railways in the mid-19th century opened (...)

Last month Sotheby’s said its preliminary sales for the first half were $3.2 billion, the same total as for the period last year

Sotheby’s, the New York-based auctioneer of art and collectibles, reported a 13 per cent decrease in second- quarter profit that fell below analyst ex(...)

Nude Girl Reading by William Orpen will be among the Irish paintings Sotheby’s will auction this autumn in its reinstated Irish Sale

Sotheby’s has signalled confidence in the Irish art market by announcing the relaunch of dedicated Irish art sales in London this autumn. The interna(...)

Denis Russell with the paintings before they were taken away by gardaí

Art theft is a difficult crime to track not least because some paintings undergo a name change through the years. On Tuesday, gardaí in Baltinglass sa(...)

The judge was told the bowl was part of a dinner service commissioned by Queen Victoria (above) when staying at Balmoral Castle. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

A Co Westmeath man has given a court undertaking not to dissipate any funds connected with the estate of his late mother, said to include a Wedgwoo(...)

The fruit bowl was part of a dinner service commissioned by Queen Victoria when staying at Balmoral Castle.

A valuable Wedgwood bowl which was part of a dinner service specially commissioned by Queen Victoria is at the centre of a High Court dispute. The fr(...)

Siberian Mouse: nibbles ‘in a most realistic manner’.

At Sotheby’s “Treasures” auction on London on Wednesday evening, the Siberian Mouse – a pearl, gold and enamel automaton mouse – sold for £365,000 (ab(...)