Lot 117,  the vanity case that belonged to Kitty Kiernan, bereaved fiancée of Michael Collins

‘The Eclectic Collector’ sale at Whyte’s featuring Kitty Kiernan's vanity case and Arkle's X-Rays has appeal for a diverse range o(...)

The Thomas Clarke snuff box

A snuff box belonging to Easter Rising leader Thomas Clarke is up for sale guiding €3,000-€5,000

Kevin Barry was hanged on November 1st, 1920, aged 18 in an act that inflamed Irish public opinion

A newly discovered letter by the Dublin medical student and rebel is up for auction

‘Free Travel’ by Martin Gale

Art auctioneer says prices down 40-50% from peak but recovery is in sight

‘Bridge on the Liffey’ by Patrick Cahill

140th annual exhibition of art club is back in Dublin after years in Dún Laoghaire

The bowl made for a Chinese emperor was last seen for sale 30 years ago

Salesrooms are bouncing back after a disruptive period of storms, snow and an early Easter

Michael Collins (1890 - 1922) in London for the treaty negotiations.  Photograph: by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Rusty iron cross was first memorial at Béal na Bláth on the spot where he died

The funeral effigy of Catherine of Valois at Westminister Abbey in London and the carved stone found in a field in Co Meath. Photograph: David E Steen/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The carved stone head of a woman, found almost 50 years ago, is thought to depict the wife of Henry V of England.

‘Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée’, a painting by Picasso of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, sold for £49.8 million.

In just two days, 13 Picassos sold in London for a total of £113 million. Who’s buying?

‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ by Richard Doyle, Lot 57 in the auction.

Rare Victorian watercolour stands out but star lot likely to be a classic Paul Henry

Lot 266, an autograph manuscript, signed by Francis Ledwidge of his poem Lament for Thomas MacDonagh (‘He shall not hear the bittern cry’) fetched £16,250 at Bonhams.

“Smoke Hignett’s” mirror achieves top price of €3,600 at Victor Mee auction

Jeffrey Archer’s collection of political cartoons include Irish interest

Niall Mullen, antiques dealer, carries a portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen at the Heritage Hotel in Killenard, Co. Laois.  The suite of portraits of all the 13 former taoisigh sold for €37,000.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Record week for Irish art and collectibles with over 8,000 lots auctioned

Russborough House which is run by the Alfred Beit Foundation. The house is reopening to the public after major refurbishment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Art and furniture not seen for decades from Alfred Beit collection on display after refurbishment

Lot 9, estimated at £700-£900 (€786-€1,010), is a pencil-drawn cartoon that appeared in ‘Punch’ magazine

Tony Blair as Bambi, Thatcher and de Valera in cartoons spanning two centuries

‘Three Studies for a Portrait’ (1976), a triptych  painting by Francis Bacon

Early version of ‘The Meeting on the Turret Stairs’ makes €24,000 in Kilkenny auction

A carved blackwood and lacquered screen applied with ivory figures (€6,000-€10,000) which will be auctioned at Mullen’s Auctioneers

Art, jewellery, furniture and vintage items on the block in Dublin, Waterford and Laois

Artist is unknown but auctioneers believe it is Flemish School and dates from 16th or 17th century

Lot 144: a very rare Chinese rhinoceros horn carving of a figurine estimated at €20,000-€30,000

Limerick soprano Catherine Hayes sang for Queen Victoria and gold miners in Nevada

Clerys’ clock on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Cheque shows Pearse was a customer before his 1916 Rising destroyed the shop

Picasso portrait of one of his muses, Marie-Thérèse Walter,  sold for €56.7 million at Sotheby’s Bond Street salerooms

In Dublin, classic west of Ireland landscape makes €80k

Political portraits: Peter Dwan’s favourite is that of Charles Mr Haughey, which showed “great presence”

Zhang Yi, aka Johnny Wilson, worked in a ‘very basic’ Rathmines studio

Auction includes Iraqi painting depicting a peaceful Baghdad before the Gulf War

‘Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée’ (Marie-Thérèse Walter) by Pablo Picasso (estiamte on request – believed to be in the region of £35 million)

Auctions & Fairs: At Christies‘Dans les coulisses’ by Edgar Degas on sale for between £8-£12 million

Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Sir Frederic William Burton

Voted Ireland’s favorite painting, the artist, Sir Frederic William Burton, worked on a draft that is now for sale

The Game of Thrones-style bronze doors from Dublin’s Howl at the Moon.

Fittings from Residence, Howl At The Moon and Clerys memorabilia in 3,000 lots

Items from the interior of the Residence Club in Dublin which will be auctioned in March. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Sofas, art, kitchen kit and 3,000 wine glasses set for two day sale

Phryné, a white marble dated 1868 by the Italian sculptor Francesco Barzaghi £477,000 (about €537,000) at Sotheby’s

Issue number one of ‘Playboy’ with Marilyn Monroe on the cover sells for £4,000 (€4.5k)

Lot 208, a set of 18 Georgian mahogany dining chairs

Adam’s ‘At Home’ sale has a mix of furniture styles and art suitable for big rooms and smaller spaces

George Mealy holding the carved rhino horn figurine

Figurine is made from rhino horn thought to be 25,000-years-old

 Charles Howard-Bury crocodile-hunting in Burma.

Charles Howard-Bury’s life reads like a series of ripping yarns from ‘Boy’s Own’

A 2,000-year-old Roman terracotta plaque depicting a brothel scene

From antiquity to the present, Sotheby’s sale brings together a broad range of artworks

The 1958 poster for the film Dracula

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

A cased display entitled The Pheasants of the World by John Leadbeater, a leading 19th-century London taxidermist, holder of a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria. Estimate €3,500-€5,000 at Victor Mee Auctions, Cloverhill

Taxidermy approved by Queen Victoria, and a basin in Blackrock

William C Bullitt holding guns. (Photograph:   Thomas D Mcavoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Dublin law firm offers reward for missing guns linked to George Washington

‘Elephants Watering Amongst Water Lilies, Ceylon’

Queen Victoria among the many admirers of 19th-century Irish artist Andrew Nicholl

 John Butler Yeats,  WB Yeats Reading in the Garden, Bedford Park, c.1888/89

Collector paid more than £200,000 for items at Sotheby’s ‘Yeats Family Collection’ sale in London, and has given them to the Model(...)

The flotsam and jetsam of history go on sale next Saturday at the Eclectic Collector auction

Lot 235, a pair of diamond and gem-set flower brooches by ‘Van Cleef & Arpels’ €3,200 (€3,500-€5,500) at O’Reilly’s

Diamond solitaire ring with a 3.46ct emerald-cut diamond, mounted in platinum, fetches €23,000 at O’Reilly’s

Harry Kernoff RHA – ‘Bottle Tower, Rathfarnham’ (1940) €2,000-€3,000

Online auction with pieces from popular artists makes for a gentle start to 2018

Diamond three-stone ring – “the property of a distinguished Irish lady”,  €9,000-€12,000 at Weldon’s

Sparklers galore shine at first Dublin jewellery auctions of 2018

A glass case of 19th century taxidermy by H Ward of Oxford Street, London. The display, which includes pheasants, partridges and various exotic birds, sold in Ireland in 2017 for €4,200

Stuffed birds and animal heads were common in Victorian households – they’re now back in style

‘The Victory Jack’, a large fragment of the Union flag, believed to have flown from HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar sold for £297,000 at Sotheby’s

Replica set of British Crown Jewels sold for £30,000

Tanya and Tim Collie: “We are one of the few bookshops in Ireland not to focus on mainly Irish interest books, which has given us the opportunity to acquire some obscure and not-so-obscure books,” says Tim.

‘Most of the books we sell are to Ireland but the more expensive books tend to go abroad’

An advertisement for Wills’s Bulwark Cut Plug (pipe tobacco) dating from the 1940s

Vintage posters for auction: war, politics, terrorism, travel, sport and film

Faded and fragile fragment,  Nelson’s ‘Victory Jack’ is expected to achieve  £100,000 at Sotheby’s

Fragment of flag flown from HMS ‘Victory’ at Trafalgar to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

Jack B Yeats’s 1947 painting The Night Has Gone  sold for €255,000, the top price of the year at De Veres

Salerooms report their best year in a decade, and predict further gains in 2018

Bryan and Victor Mee: “The overall age of our clients is dropping drastically as young homeowners and self-builders seek unique decorative items,” says Victor Mee.

Victor Mee Auctions Ltd and Blackrock Rare Books thriving in a competitive market

Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci, became the most expensive painting ever sold at auction when it made $450 million at Christie’s, New York in November.

From a record Leonardo Da Vinci to an unsold Francis Bacon, 2017 had some memorable moments

‘Adoration of the Shepherds’ by  Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685)

Over four centuries "The Adoration of the Shepherds" has turned up in places as diverse as Delft in Holland, a royal palace in Ger(...)

One of a set of four oil-on-copper paintings by an unknown artist, that sold for €22,000 – more than 14 times the top estimate (€1,000-€1,500) at Adam’s on Tuesday

Unopened 134-year-old bottle of Jameson whiskey makes €4,800; 1st edition of ‘Ulysses’ fails to sell

A ‘meitheal’ (gathering) of men drinking Guinness after the rick of hay is finished

Sotheby’s also offering a first-edition copy of ‘Ulysses’ with a top estimate of £250,000

‘Rags, Bones and Bottles’ by Walter Frederick Osborne, €120,000 (€80,000-€120,000)

Painting by Walter Osborne hits the top of its estimate and Morgan O’Driscoll

‘Rags, Bones and Bottles’, a late 19th-century view of a Dublin Liberties’ street scene,  by Walter Frederick Osborne

Osborne’s view of The Liberties in Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction

‘Evening, Montreux’, by Sir John Lavery, sold for €90,000

Irish paintings in demand at Whyte’s while Sheppart’s host the Maureen O’Hara Collection

The G.P.O. 1916 by Thomas Ryan

Gallery honours 88-year-old painter with show of a lifetime’s work

  18ct white gold Emerald and diamond set consisting of necklace and  earrings, €19,000

Hollywood star’s jewels flew, but furs went for less

Mary Robinson’s snail plates sold for €70

Former president’s kitchenalia was snapped up but many artworks failed to sell

Village Life by Margret is dated 1994 and still has the original price sticker – 199 Zimbabwean dollars.

Sheppard’s auction reveals very different tastes of two of Ireland’s best-known 20th-century women

A view of Lake Geneva entitled ‘Evening, Montreux’ by Sir John Lavery

Irish artists take to the water in Whyte’s art auction

By Merrion Strand by Jack B Yeats.

Several paintings by the artist have been sold recently

Louis XVI-style writing desk  made €13,000 – way above estimate

A weekend sale at Adam’s seems to suggest that brown is back in town

By Merrion Strand is an oil-on-canvas, dating from the late 1920s

‘By Merrion Strand’ is now most expensive Irish painting to be offered in 2017

Lot 46, “The Night has Gone” by Jack B Yeats: has an estimate of €250,000-€350,000.

First big winter art sales has plenty for art investors at range of prices

Lot 632, a pair of ‘pince-nez’  (pinch-nose) glasses once owned by WB Yeats sold for €10,000 – more than 16 times the top estimate of €500-€600

WB Yeats’s signature ‘pince-nez’ glasses make €10,000 – more than 16 times the estimated price

W.B. Yeats wearing his signature glasses.

Poet’s pinch-nose spectacles fetch price over 16 times the top estimate in Kilkenny

Silver framed photo of Maureen O’Sullivan to be sold in auction.

Irish Hollywood star’s emeralds also to be sold in €500,000 Sheppard’s auction

WB Yeats wearing his signature glasses.

Yet more items are to be auctioned as the family reaps a multi-million euro windfall

Lot 807, a rare Bonzo Bank mechanical money box by Saalheimer & Strauss, 1920s Germany, sold for €8,500, more than four times the top estimate.

A rare 1920s German money-box made €8,500 in a Mealy’s auction

A large oil painting of Daniel O’Connell, measuring 5ft 4in by 3ft 5in, is attributed to the artist Nicholas Joseph Crowley and estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

Rare German 1920s ‘Bonzo Bank’money box also among highlights

A portrait of Van Morrison, by Basil Blackshaw, is estimated at €5,000-€7,000.

Art critic Eamonn Mallie is selling some of his art collection including an unattractive portrait of Van Morrison

Portrait of Mary Robinson by Derek Hill

Contents of Massbrook House include furniture, pictures, crockery and garden sculpture

An art deco sapphire and diamond line bracelet, made circa 1930, set throughout with old European brilliant cut diamonds of approx 3ct and step cut sapphires of approx 8ct, made €8,500 at O’Reilly’s auction

At Whyte’s, ‘Riot Soldier, Belfast’, oil-on-board, by George Campbell, fetches €5,000

Security personnel stand next to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ after it was unveiled at Christie’s in New York on October 10th. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The thrilling history of ‘Salvator Mundi – the Holy Grail of Old Master paintings’

The portrait of Capt James Cook, which may have been painted in England before Cook departed on his last voyage in July 1776

in Kilkenny 30 years ago, a lost portrait sold for IR£27K. Months later it made £600K

‘Cabra’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat and currently owned by Yoko Ono, will be auctioned in New York on November 16th. The estimate is $9 million-$12 million. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

After U2, now Yoko Ono is selling her Basquiat as prices for the artist soar

Lot 6, an Italian rosewood “T69” dining table, by Osvaldo Borsani and Eugenio Gerli for Tecno, Milan, dating from 1965

Tea trolleys and cocktail cabinets: Auction of mid-20th-century furniture in Dublin

‘A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape with Waterfall and Three Figures’, an Irish Georgian oil-on-canvas painting by George Barret Snr

An Irish Georgian oil-on-canvas painting by George Barret Snr fetches €200,000

Fine Arts

Dublin auctioneer to hold annual sale of some 900 lots at Townley Hall in Co Louth

Vivien Leigh’s  charm bracelet, with a top estimate of £1,500, made £33,750 at Sotheby’s

Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn memorabilia hit record highs

‘Portrait of Mary Barron Tottie’ by Sir John Lavery sold for €24,000

World record price for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong

Sir William Orpen’s ‘On The Hill of Howth, Co Dublin’

Whyte’s sale has three notable paintings of women by Orpen, Lavery and O’Conor

‘A Connemara Cottage’ by Paul Henry

‘Self-Portrait, New York’, an oil-on-canvas by John Butler Yeats, goes for just under €100,000 at Sotheby’s in London – a new auct(...)

Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971. Christie’s said the painting would go under the hammer in London on  October 6th with an estimate of £60m-£80m

‘This painting gives me a shiver down my spine,’ says Christie’s chairman

A letter from the Yeats and family collection auctioned by Sotheby’s in London. The star lot was a collection of 130 letters between the poet and his life-long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespeare. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet’s writing desk, chair and hairbrushes sold but low estimate not reached for top lot


Artist’s compelling West of Ireland landscapes introduced Connemara to the world

A portrait of the flautist Matt Molloy by John Blakey, which is on display and for sale at the at the Water Colour Society of Ireland’s 163rd annual exhibition.

Annual show in Dún Laoghaire is Ireland’s largest selling exhibition of watercolours

The  “Lady Lavery”: Dix Noonan Webb auctioneers has announced the sale of the most comprehensive private collection of Irish 10-shilling notes ever assembled.

London auction house sells comprehensive private collection of Irish ten-shilling notes

Descent from the Cross, an  18th century oil-on-canvas  by a ‘Follower of Pompeo Batoni goes under the hammer at  Sheppard’s in Laois.

1920s saphire and diamond ring fetches €22,000 at Adam’s

Gerard Dillon, ‘A Wet Day, Ireland’, oil on board, 38cm x 52cm, €20,000-€30,000

Irish art took a hit in the recession, but de Veres’ auction may spark fresh interest

‘The Visitor’ (oil-on-board) by Mark O’Neill €2,300

Photographic stills from the film ‘The Quiet Man’ more than double the estimate

A mid-century modern leather and teak armchair from Danish Designer Finn Juhl, valued at €4,950 from The Vintage Hub. This is considered to be the most intricate of the designs that France and Son manufactured and is available at the Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS from September 22-24.

Growing demand for Art Deco and mid-century modern reflected by sellers

 Matthew Floris of Sothebys holding Jack B Yeats’s collapsible top hat (€600-€800). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

200 items from the ‘Yeats Family Collection’ are being sold by WB Yeats’s grandchildren

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