Titanic sister ship fittings fetch over €300,000; Hermès wardrobe makes €1,000

Forthcoming sales include a Dublin 6 house clearance and a dodo skeleton from 1690

Auction results

Wednesday, May 1st, Niall Mullen and Victor Mee, Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. Panelling from the second class area of the HMSH Britannic, sister ship of the Titanic, sold for €151,000 (€200,000-€300,000), while panelling from the first class area achieved €150,000 (€250,000-€350,000) in a long bidding war between the room and an internet bidder.

Tuesday, 30th April, Adam's, St Stephen's Green. Mid-Century Modern Sale. More than 70 per cent of lots sold on the night with further sales the following morning reaching an 80 per cent sale rate. The highlight were the art works, most notably Mark Francis, Critical Mass, which sold for €32,000 (€15,000-€25,000) making it the highest price for a Mark Francis painting in the past 12 years. John Doherty's Devane's sold for €41,000, just above its high estimate of €40.000. Callum Innes Cadmium Red Deep on Black achieved €26,000 (€20,000-€30,000) a fair increase on his similar Untitled work which sold at Adam's in late 2018 for €20,000 – within the same estimate.

The biggest surprise of the evening was Dove by Conor Fallon, which achieved over three times its lower estimate of €3,000 selling for €9,800. Mid-century furniture sold well with lot 46, an oval dining table achieving its lower estimate of €8,000, and the Ico Parisi magazine rack sold for €1,200 – over double its lower estimate. The Hermès modular wardrobe sold post-auction for €1,000 (€1,500-€2,500).

Tuesday, April 30th, John Weldon, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. More than 87 per cent of lots sold including a diamond solitaire 1.01ct €5,700 (€5,000-€7,000) and a pair of diamond stud earrings, 1.9ct in total, €2,700 (€3,000-€5,000). A diamond full eternity band sold for well over its higher estimate of €1,200, achieving €1,600.


Monday, April 29th, Morgan O'Driscoll, Irish and International Art Sale, RDS Paul Henry's Achill achieved €185,000 (€150,000-€250,000), Jack B Yeats, Spring Tide Schull sold for €45,000 (€50,000-€70,000), Letitia Hamilton's Roundstone Harbour sold for €18,000 (€15,000-€20,000) and the two Francis Bacon signed lithographs achieved €11,000 each (€10,000-€15,000).

Forthcoming Auctions

Wednesday, May 8th, Thursday, May 9th Victor Mee, Cloverhill, Co Cavan. The Irish Connection Sale. See story, page 5. victormeeauctions.ie

Saturday, May 11th, Sunday, May 12th, Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle, Co Meath. (This auction has been postponed from May 4th and 5th) The contents of Rostellan House, Dublin 6 and other clearances, to include over 1,000 lots. See matthewsauctionrooms.com

Tuesday, May 14th Adam's, St Stephen's Green, Dublin. Fine Jewellery and Watch Sale. adams.ie

Thursday, May 16th, Sheppard's, Durrow, Co Laois. Masterworks sale spanning eight centuries, to include neo-classical sculptures in the manner of Antonio Canova (€25,000-€35,000). sheppards.ie

Sunday, May 19th, DeVeres, 65 Fitzwilliam Sq, Dublin. Classic Furniture and Contemporary Art pop-up auction, to feature Danish and Italian furniture, 1950s- 1970s. Also listed is the AXA art collection. deveres.ie

Friday, May 24th, Christie's London Science and Natural History sale to include a near perfect, rare skeleton of a dodo bird dating from pre-1690, (£400,000-£600,000). The last accepted sighting of the now extinct bird was recorded in 1662 in its native Mauritius.

Forthcoming Fairs

Sunday, May 12th, North Dublin Antiques and Vintage Fair, Clontarf Castle Hotel. To include, vintage books, antiques and film and music memorabilia. See vintageireland.eu

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

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