Norman Parkinson photograph of Baroness Thatcher: her belongings are being sold. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

As briefcases go, there’s none more exclusive than the red leather prime ministerial dispatch box embossed, in gold, with the royal cypher of Queen El(...)

The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania, which now hangs in Gleesons pub in Booterstown, Co Dublin

A harp given by the poet WB Yeats to Maud Gonne – which she apparently played while he recited his verse – made €37,000 and was the top lot in Whyte’s(...)

 Jackie Kennedy’s silk maternity dress,   worn  in 1960 while she was pregnant with John Kennedy jnr

A silk “maternity dress” worn by Jackie Kennedy in 1960 has turned up in an auction of historical memorabilia in Dublin and is expected to sell for up(...)

Jackie Kennedy with camera. File photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Jackie Kennedy’s brief career as a photojournalist included interviewing and photographing Irish diplomats in Washington for St Patrick’s Day in 1952,(...)

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(...)

Freckle-faced golden boy: Tony O’Reilly, at the height of his success, in 1999. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

If a novelist made up the life of Tony O’Reilly the subsequent book review would surely consider it too perfect: the freckle-faced golden boy who b(...)

 Oscar de la Renta who died at the age of 82 this week. Photograph: EPA/Carlos Ortega

The fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died aged 82, arrived in New York in 1963 with letters of introduction to the editor-in-chief of Vogue(...)

A seven-piece tea service catalogued as “presented to Sean Lemass on a visit to UAE” made €1,400

At O’Reilly’s auction in Francis St, Dublin on Wednesday silver gifts presented to the late Seán Lemass, a former Fianna Fáil leader and Taoiseach wen(...)

Before the National Lottery was established, the most popular way to have an occasional flutter was to buy a Sweeps ticket. The Irish Hospitals(...)

Jackie Kennedy and her two children in Gstaad, Switzerland, in January 1966: the photographs are being sold, with a letter from her, at Mealy’s later this month

Another Jackie Kennedy letter has turned up in an Irish saleroom and will be auctioned later this month. Mealy’s Fine Art auctioneers said the (...)