‘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
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).
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).
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).
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).
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