One of pair of 18th-century tables formerly owned by Sir Anthony O’Reilly which were the top seller at the  Mealy’s auction at  Kilfane House

A pair of 18th-century tables formerly owned by Sir Anthony O’Reilly was the top lot at Mealy’s auction in the Long Man of Kilfane near Thomastown, Co(...)

Lotabeg: auctioneer George Gerard Mealy said “people were disgruntled by queues on the way in but were extremely happy on the way out”.

Mealy’s sale of the contents of Lotabeg House in Cork this week attracted the biggest crowd to any auction in Ireland for years. More than 7,000 peop(...)

The auctioneer said he had “never seen an auction capture the public imagination to such an extent”. Photograph: The Irish Times

“Going, going – the moose head – gone, for €1,600.” Auctioneer George Mealy didn’t bat an eyelid as he brought down the hammer on the spectacularly an(...)

The front exterior of Lotabeg

In 1903, Vincent Hart a 22-year-old newly qualified engineer from Cork went out to India to serve the British Empire. He returned more than 30 y(...)

George Gerard Mealy: ‘My father will regularly spin more than 100 lots in an hour, and up to 800 lots in a day. I would be lucky to get through the lots at half that pace.’

I’m the third generation to work in the family auctioneering business. Mealy’s Fine Art, based in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, holds four main auctions o(...)

Geoffrey Holderi in the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die, which brought some of the wilder cliches of voodoo to the moviegoing public

Ireland’s largest private collection of African tribal art was among the diverse lots in this week’s two-day Summer Fine & Decorative Art Sale (...)

Silver vinaigrette in a fitted case, made in Birmingham in 1836, which made €3,000, 10-times the estimate (€250-€350) at Mealy’s

The first quarter of 2014 has ended and Irish fine art and antiques auctioneers have a spring in their step. The first big art auctions of the (...)

The tip of an  antique rhinoceros horn `Lotus` Libation Cup, probably Qing Dynasty, 19th century, which sold at Mealy’s in 2011 for €75,000

The rhinoceros, native to Africa and Asia, is one of the world’s most endangered species. Trade in rhino horn is prohibited by the internationa(...)

‘A Farm in County Down’ by Paul Henry

Since the economy crashed in 2008, the Irish fine art and antiques market has experienced a flight to quality and search for safe-haven status. The mo(...)

‘Harvest Fruit’ by Patrick Hennessy (estimate €3,800-€4,500) at Dolan’s Irish Art House in Clifden, Co Galway

Viewing is underway for the last big auctions of summer before the holiday season. First up is Matthews Auctioneers’ “Summer Auction” at Rockfield Hou(...)

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