Auctions & Fairs
Sale of art collection of renowned critic Brian Sewell
Tuesday (September 27th) Christie’s, London. Auction titled “Brian Sewell – Critic & Collector”; the art collection of the late, renowned art critic for the London Evening Standard and regular guest panellist on BBC TV’s Have I Got News For You. Some 90 per cent of lots sold for a total of £3.7 million (€4.3m). There was an unexpected Irish angle when a drawing, Seated Male Nude [see pic] by 18th century Cork-born artist James Barry (1741-1806), sold for £87,500 (approximately €100,000). Christie’s said the price (which includes the buyer’s premium) had “set a record for a drawing by the artist” whose famous Self-Portrait as Timanthes, dated 1803, is in the National Gallery of Ireland.
Wednesday (September 28th) Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, “Rare Book & Collectibles Sale”, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny. Some 82 per cent of lots sold for a total of €245,000. Among the GAA memorabilia: Lot 814, the medal collection of Kerry footballer Joe Barrett that includes four All-Ireland medals (1924, 1929, 1930 and 1931) made €40,000 (€30,000-€40,000); Lot 807, a collection of medals won by the late Phil Shanahan, described as “one of Tipperary’s greatest hurlers” €19,000 (€20,000-€30,000); Lot 714, a hurl “reputed, by tradition” to have been used by Nicky Rackard during the 1955 All-Ireland Final, when his Wexford team beat Galway, €1,200 (€350-€500).
Monday (October 3rd) RJ Keighery, City Auction Rooms, Waterford. Antiques auction at 10.30am. To include pub & railway memorabilia, fishing equipment, fine furniture, paintings, vintage Waterford Crystal & rugs.
Tuesday (October 4th) Oliver Usher’s Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells, Co Meath. Antique Furniture and Fine Art auction at 5pm. Viewing tomorrow, Sunday (October 2nd) 2pm-6pm; Monday 10am-7pm and Tuesday from 10am until sale begins.
Today & Tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday (October 1st & 2nd) The Annual PBFA Dublin Book Fair 2016. Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth St, Dublin 2. noon-6pm each day.
Saturday (October 8th) The 34th Annual Belfast Book Fair, Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast. 10am-5pm. Thirty dealers selling antiquarian & second-hand books, prints, postcards and ephemera.