Forthcoming Auctions & Fairs

Vincent O’Brien’s guns to be auctioned in Gleneagles

Monday (August 28th): Gavin Gardiner Ltd, auctioneers of fine modern and vintage sporting guns, rifles and accessories, auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns at the Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, at 5pm. A pair of 12-bore "The Premier Quality" sidelock-ejector guns by EJ Churchill that were built in 1928 and are estimated at £8,000-£12,000 (€8.8k-€13k). The guns were subsequently owned by the prominent Irish racehorse trainer, the late Vincent O'Brien, whose initials the case bears [see pics]. Other highlights include a fine pair of 12-bore sidelock-ejector guns built in 1931 by James Purdey & Sons, £30,000 to £40,000 (€33k-€43.8k); and, a 12-bore self-opening sidelock-ejector gun by J Purdey & Sons, which was built in 1901 as the number two of a pair for W H Watney, son of the famous brewing family, who was later a lieutenant in the British army and died in the first World War in 1915, £3,000-£5,000 (€3.3k-€5.5k).

Tuesday (August 29th): Sheppard's Irish Auction House, Durrow, Co Laois. Auction of the house contents of "Lota", the estate of the late Patricia Moore, at 10.30am. Viewing on the premises at "Lota", Brighton Rd, Foxrock, Dublin 18, today, tomorrow and Monday (August 26th, 27th & 28th), 10am-5pm daily. Admission by catalogue only: €10 admits two adults. For online bidding details see

Wednesday (August 30th): O'Reilly's Auction Rooms, Francis Street, Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery, watches and silver at 1pm. Viewing from noon tomorrow, Sunday (August 27th). Lot 123, a diamond solitaire ring with an old European cut diamond of approx. 5.85ct, L-M, VVS1, mounted in 18ct white gold, €40,000-€45,000; Lot 169: a diamond solitaire pendant and chain with report stating diamond to be 3.11ct G VS2, mounted in platinum, in a fitted presentation case, €38,000-€40,000; Lot 200 a three-stone diamond ring, with three certs stating the diamonds to be 2.04ct H VS1, 1.08ct H SI1 and 1.08ct H VS1, 4.20ct in total, mounted in platinum, €25,000-€26,000; Lot 119: a diamond bracelet, set throughout with round brilliant cut and baguette cut diamonds of approx. 18.50cts in total, mounted in platinum, €20,000-€25,000; Lot 228, a ruby, sapphire and diamond "Butterfly" brooch, with ruby of approx. 0.30ct, sapphires of approx. 3ct in total, diamonds of approx. 0.90ct in total, €1,400-€1,500 [see pic]; and, Lot 229, a ruby and diamond "Flamingo" brooch, with rubies of approx. 0.70ct in total, diamonds of approx. 0.72ct in total, €1,300-€1,500 [see pic].

Forthcoming Fairs


Today & Tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday (August 26th&27th): Town of Books Festival, Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny. Booksellers and pop-up bookshops offering thousands of rare, antiquarian, collectible and second-hand books. See: