Auction results and forthcoming sales

David Hockney sets record in London, Irish auction houses get set for seasonal sales


Hegarty's Antiques and Fine Art Bandon Co Cork. Country house auction November 18th. The Bugle Room by Wojciech Kossak, €5,700 (€4,000-€6,000); Early 20th-century two-door library bookcase with marquetry inlay, €1,050 (€1,000-€1,500); A triple pedestal early 20th-century dining table, €1,950 (€1,000-€2,000); 14 dining room chairs, €1,000 (€800-€1,200); White gold, sapphire and diamond bracelet, €1,650 (€1,800-€1,900).

Bonhams New Bond Street London British and Irish Art November 14th.
Study for Ascot by Sir John Lavery €215,398 (€56,000- €78,000). SS Ophir by Sir John Lavery, €24,411 (€8,000-€11,000).

Sotheby's Geneva Bourbon Parma Family Jewels November 14th. Marie Antoinette's pearl and diamond pendant, €32 million (€1–€1.9 million).


Christie's New York Post War and Contemporary Art November 15th
David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) €79.5 million (€68.5 million).

Forthcoming auctions

Dolan's Autumn Auction of Art and Antiques Castletroy Park, Limerick. November 25th, 2pm. Wide range of ephemera from 1950s children's annuals, to antiques and a collection of paintings, including works by Mark O'Neill, Kenneth Webb, George Campbell, Harry Kernoff, Tony O'Malley, Markey Robinson and Henry Morgan. Also included are a Chanel handbag, Hermès scarf and selection of fur coats. See

Whyte's Important Irish Art RDS, Dublin 4 November 26th, 6pm. Lots to include Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, Walter Osborne, William Leech, Roderic O'Conor, Norah Guinness, Basil Blackshaw and Gerard Dillon. Works by Louis le Brocquy include a selection of eight lithographs (€1,500- €2,000 each) as well as watercolours, and an oil, Image of Samuel Beckett (€150,000-€250,000). See

John Weldon Auctioneers Cow's Lane Temple Bar, Dublin 8 Jewellery sale November 27th, 2pm. For those in search of a loose diamond – the Christmas season is the most popular time to propose – John Weldon is auctioning what he calls the perfect diamond; a one carat loose stone, with a HRD cert verifying its D colour – the highest colour grade possible – which is in fact colourless, is Loupe clean, meaning it has the highest clarity, is expected to fetch between €10,000 and €12,000. Also featured is a 1.08 carat oval yellow diamond ring (€1,500-€2,500), a vintage Rolex (€600-€900) and a gent's Breitling Super Ocean wrist watch (€1,800-€2,400). See

Lynes & Lynes Eastlink Business Park, Carrigtohill, Co Cork Auction of furniture, art and silver from Carrigrohane Lodge and various properties, December 1st, 11am. 400 lots to include period wall clocks, silver, rugs, garden furniture and tables, prints and watercolours. Of particular interest is a Georgian carved marble fireplace centre plaque (lot 316, €200-€400). See

Christie's London Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits November 28th-29th. Highlights include a 12-bottle case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Richebourg, 1978 (€67,000–€101,000) and a bottle of the 50-year-old Japanese whiskey, Yamazaki (€168,000-€225,000).

Christie's London Handbags and Accessories 12th December
The highlight of the auction is an Hermès, Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 handbag, with 18 carat white gold and diamond hardware (€112,000–€168,000). Also included is a rare Louis Vuitton Explorer Trunk from 1892, expected to fetch between €67,000 and €112,000.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables