James O’Halloran of Adam’s fine art auctioneers: “When I get into a house to do an insurance valuation, it is not unusual to see a really expensive painting above an inexpensive Ikea item.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the country’s leading furniture and fine art specialists, James O’Halloran considers himself fortunate that, as a lad fresh out of college at 2(...)

Detail from ‘Early Morning in Donegal’ by Paul Henry which sold for €160,00

Adam’s regards its Christmas Important Irish Art auction as “a barometer of the health of the Irish art market”. Managing director James O’Halloran sa(...)

Detail from Claddagh Quay, Galway, by Cecil Maguire. The painting is up for auction  with some other items in the ESB art collection. It is expected to fetch up to €5,000.

Ireland’s State-owned electricity company, the ESB, is to sell a substantial portion of its corporate art collection by public auction. The sale is th(...)

A marble bust of Benjamin Lee Guinness

At Adam’s two-day Country House Collections, which concluded at Slane Castle in Co Meath on Monday, bidders spent €1.4 million and 67 per cent of the (...)

James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers valuing the objects that were purchased as part of our Five Go on a Treasure Hunt series. Photograph: Alan Betson 4:03

You have finally got around to clearing the attic. While leafing through yellowing copies of An Claidheamh Soluis and The Illustrated London News s(...)

The top lot in Adam’s was a painting by Roscommon-born Impressionist artist Roderic O’Conor, a French landscape titled Chemin Mènant à Grez which made €210,000 within the estimate (€150,000-€250,000).

It is almost mid-point in the 2014 auctions calendar and the results from two major art sales in Dublin this week suggest that the Irish market is rec(...)

The salesroom at Christie’s auction house is shown during the auction of Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ in New York. Photograph: Reuters/Christie’s Images

Mystery surrounds the identity of the new owner of the most valuable work of art sold at auction – a painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon. Chr(...)

 George II Irish carved giltwood and gesso rectangular pier table made circa made €90,000 at Adam’s

There was no hint of austerity nor talk of Budget cuts as well-heeled patrons spent almost €2 million on fine art and antiques at Adam’s two-day Count(...)

‘The Farm, Provence’ by Roderic O’Conor, estimate €150,000-€250,000

Adam’s, the country’s biggest fine art and antiques auctioneers, has started the autumn season at a cracking pace. Already this month, the company has(...)

Basket and Vessels by Stephen McKenna, made €17,000,

The torturous legacy of Anglo Irish Bank produced a rare good-news story this week. The former bank’s surprisingly modest art collection was auctioned(...)