‘Dracula’ poster makes €16,000 - an Irish record

A cutting of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair sells at Whyte’s for €130

The 1958 poster for the film Dracula

The 1958 poster for the film Dracula

 

Auction results

Saturday, (February 3rd) Whyte’s “The Eclectic Collector” auction, Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth St , Dublin 2. 85 per cent of lots sold.
Lot 484, a 1958 poster for the film Dracula, €16,000 – double the top estimate and a record price for a film poster at auction in Ireland (€6,000-€8,000);
Lot 64, a Royal National Lifeboat Institution silver medal awarded in 1881 to Henry Williams, Coxswain, Kingstown [now Dún Laoghaire], €1,800 – six times the low estimate (€300-€500);
Lot 21, a cutting of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair, €130 (estimate €150-€250);
Lot 35, Carlow farmer Michael (grandfather of Kevin) Barry’s 1848 complaint about a stolen sheep, €100 (€100-€150);
Lot 156, steward’s armband, 1932 Eucharistic Congress, €170 (€100-€150);
Lot 417, a €500 note for Ireland in 2002, €1,300 (€1,000-€1,200);
Lot 473, photograph of “Ginger”, three times all-Ireland heavyweight champion cock drinking a pint of Guinness, €200 (€100-€150);
Lot 85, a first World War recruitment poster “There’s Room For You Too!”, €290 (€300-€400);
Lot 171, IRA poster from 1980s Belfast along with an An Phoblacht promotional poster and an election poster for Martin McGuinness, €380 (€200-€300);
Lot 472, 1940s advertisement for Wills’s Bulwark Cut Plug (pipe tobacco) depicting Irish Defence Forces manning salute guns on Dún Laoghaire Pier, €340 (€150-€200);
Lot 483, a set of six poster designs for Ryanair, €520 (€200-€300).

The 19th century neo-classical stoneware oval basin which sold for €4,800
The 19th century neo-classical stoneware oval basin which sold for €4,800

Among the unsold were Lot 148, a menu signed by Eamonn de Valera and Michael Collins (in Irish as Miceál Ó Coileáin), (€800-€1,200);
and Lot 537, a stage-worn belly-dancer’s costume from U2’s 1993 Zoo-TV tour, (€300-€500).
For more results see whytes.ie

Sunday, (February 4th). Victor Mee Auctions, Cloverhill, Co Cavan.
Lot 367, a 19th century cased taxidermy display The Pheasants of the World by “John Leadbeater” sold for €8,000 to a private collector in the US who bid by telephone (€3,500-€5,500);
Lot 396, a taxidermy African zebra head, €1,600 (€1,500-€2,500);
and Lot 344, a taxidermy South American baboon mounted on a display stand, €1,000 (€1000-€1,500).

The Pheasants of the World by John Leadbeater
The Pheasants of the World by John Leadbeater

Tuesday, (February 6th) Adams Blackrock Auctioneers, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. 80 per cent of lots sold.
Lot 110, a 19th century neo-classical stoneware oval basin sold for €4,800 – almost seven times the top estimate (€500-€700)];
Lot 267, a pair of 18ct white gold, ruby and diamond earrings, €1,400 (€1,500-€2,500).
Among the unsold was Lot 245, an “Atmos” mantel clock by Jaeger le Coultre (€800-€1,200).

Elephants Watering Amongst Water Lilies, Ceylon by Irish artist Andrew Nicholl
Elephants Watering Amongst Water Lilies, Ceylon by Irish artist Andrew Nicholl

Wednesday, (February 7th). Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London. Travel & Exploration auction. Two watercolour paintings by the 19th century Irish artist Andrew Nicholl: Lot 57, A River Landscape, Ceylon’, £4,375 (£3,000-£5,000);
Lot 58, Elephants Watering Amongst Water Lilies, Ceylon, £7,500 (£5,000-£7,000).

The 20th century Donegal carpet based on a design inspired by Book of Kells imagery
The 20th century Donegal carpet based on a design inspired by Book of Kells imagery

Forthcoming auctions:

Tuesday, February 13th. Sheppard’s Irish Auction House, Durrow, Co Laois. “Knot, Warp & Weft ‘18” – a dedicated sale of carpets and rugs including Lot 87, a 20ft by 14 ft hand-tufted late 20th century Donegal carpet based on an original design inspired by Book of Kells imagery, €10,000-€15,000. Viewing at the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle (Saturday and Sunday, February 10th & 11th, from 10am-5pm). Catalogue online at sheppards.ie