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

A video of The Quiet Man was playing on a loop in the lobby as auction-goers arrived in Sheppard’s Durrow, Co Laois, saleroom to watch items owned by (...)

Mary Robinson’s snail plates sold for €70

“Let them eat cake”, Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France reputedly said when told her subjects were famished. Yesterday, [Tuesday, November 28t(...)

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

It’s 30 years since one of greatest discoveries in the history of Irish auctions. In early 1987, a London art dealer sold a painting for more than £60(...)

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

Love letters written by the poet WB Yeats and major oil paintings by his artist brother Jack B Yeats have gone on display in Dublin for three days bef(...)

‘For people starting out as collectors, furniture and art are the obvious choices’

Who? Denis Lynes established Lynes & Lynes in Cork City in 1976 and has been holding regular auctions for the past 40 years – with sales approxi(...)

Phyllis MacNamara in Cobwebs at Quay Lane in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Who? Phyllis MacNamara owns Cobwebs at 7 Quay Lane, Galway, which sells antique and vintage jewellery, fine diamonds and engagement rings as well as(...)

Patrick Meade: “I collect original book illustrations by artists who worked in London during the golden age of book illustration (late 19th and early 20th century).”

Who? Irishman Patrick Meade is deputy chairman of Bonhams – founded in 1793 – one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiq(...)

Joan Murray: “The very first fair I ran in the Mansion House was at the beginning of December and it snowed. I thought it was going to be a disaster, but we got a huge turnout.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Joan Murray runs Antiques Fairs Ireland and organises antiques and vintage fairs in Dublin and throughout Leinster. She established the company in 198(...)

 Jack B Yeats  claimed £47.5s for three three oil paintings   but was awarded only £26.7s. The correspondence shows that Yeats contested the settlement and wrote to “formally protest against any reduction in the amount”. The committee, however, rejected his complaint

While the 1916 Rising may have precipitated Ireland’s freedom from British rule it also spawned one of the biggest mass-compensation claims in the co(...)

As a Sotheby’s Specialist, I am involved in sourcing high quality sculptures for our auctions in London

Who? Christopher Mason is a Deputy Director, Head of Auction Sales, Specialist, European Sculpture and Works of Art, Sotheby’s, London. Sotheby’s, f(...)

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