Signed and inscribed Yeats photograph fetches €5,000

Accordions, fiddles, harps and other Irish items go under the hammer in Birr

Auction results

Mullen's Laurel Park, Co Dublin, April 1st: The sale had a large number of online overseas buyers – particularly the United Kingdom where the Regency Rosewood work table is destined, having sold for €3,200 (€2,400–€2,800). The Irish Elk antlers were withdrawn at €7,000 but are under negotiation.

Bonham's, London Fine Books and Manuscripts, March 27th:. Some lots of Irish interest sold for well above their estimates including, lot 26 Lord Edward FitzGerald's letter achieved £2,295(£600–£800), lot 28: Trinity College expulsion letter (of Robert Emmett et al) sold for £2,550(£1,000–£1,500), and lot 262: WB Yeats signed and inscribed photograph achieved £5,000(£1,500–£2,000)

Forthcoming Auctions


Monday, April 8th, Oliver Usher Auction Rooms, John St, Kells. Clearances from a parochial house in Navan and two executor sales to form 600 lots. Of interest is a large 19th century mahogany dining table – with four extra leaves (€2,000–€3,000) and from the clearance of a chemists shop – a Georgian bank of drawers with apothecary bottles and jars (€1,000–€1,500). Also included is an American 'Enterprise' tobacco cutter – which was used in an Athboy shop. Literature includes Poems by Speranza (Lady Wilde) and scarce Wolf Tone annuals. See

Wednesday, April 10th, Purcell Auctioneers, Green St, Birr. An eclectic collection of pub signs and rural bygones to include old pub memorabilia, copper measures, paraffin lamps and an interesting stoneware piglet feeder (€20–€40) Bakelite telephones, an old Hamlet cigar cabinet are offered alongside a large selection of Irish instruments – accordions, fiddles and a harp, in addition to what would interest theatre wardrobe managers – hobnail boots and top hats. The large selection of original road signs includes the rather timely lot 483 'AA Custom Approved Road' sign (€150–€250) See

Sunday, April 14th Hegarty's Auction Rooms, Bandon, Co Cork. Auction of fine art and period furniture, to include artworks by Pauline Bewick, Annie Robinson and Marie Carroll and some fine period jewellery. See

Wednesday, April 17th O'Reillys, Francis Street, Dublin. Auction of fine jewellery art and silver. See

Wednesday, April 17th Adam's, St Stephens Green, Dublin. The Irish Library to include a selection of fine library furniture, prints, paintings, taxidermy and an important set of Newtown globes. See

Sunday, April 21st Dolan's Spring Auction of Art and Antiques Ballyconneely Connemara, Co Galway. Over 400 lots to include paintings and antiques, and a letter of correspondence between GB Shaw and WB Yeats. See

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

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