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SIR ALEX FERGUSON’S WINE COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Part of the impressive wine collection of Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, the most successful manager in British football history, is to be sold by Christie’s across three auctions in coming months. The collection includes fine and rare wines featuring Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundies and many finest First Growth Bordeaux ranging from the 1986 to 2011 vintages, during which time Sir Alex guided Manchester United through the most celebrated chapter in its history, winning two European Cups, 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cup victories, four League Cup victories, the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the Inter-Continental Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup.

Fine & Rare Wines from The Collection of Sir Alex Ferguson CBE will be offered in Hong Kong on May 24 with 257 lots, London on June 5 with 140 lots and at an online-only auction which will run from June 9 to 23 with 85 lots.  All  buyers in the online-only sale will receive a signed catalogue. Alongside some of the wines in the Hong Kong and London auctions, Christie’s will also be offering select pieces of signed footballing memorabilia. With estimates ranging from £350 to £65,000, the collection is expected to realise in excess of £3 million.

FROM THE ONLINE SALE: 12 bottles of Pétrus 1988 estimate: £12,000 – 15,000 Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

FROM THE ONLINE SALE: 12 bottles of Pétrus 1988
estimate: £12,000 – 15,000 Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

6 bottles of Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1999, which are offered with a Manchester United Retro Champions League shirt from 1999 signed “Best wishes Alex Ferguson” estimate: HK$650,000-850,000/ £50,000-65,000/ €60,000-80,000

6 bottles of Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1999, which are offered with a Manchester United Retro Champions League shirt from 1999 signed “Best wishes Alex Ferguson”
estimate: HK$650,000-850,000/ £50,000-65,000/ €60,000-80,000 Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

AN IRISH PROCLAMATION THE TOP LOT AT ADAMS

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

THE top lot at Adams history sale today was the Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic printed in Dublin on April 23 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic.  It made a hammer price of 90.000.  The Proclamation was read from the steps of the GPO, Dublin by Padraig Pearse on Easter Monday, thereby heralding the Easter Rising and Ireland’s advance towards self-determination.  Eoin MacNeill’s countermanding order to the Rising, source of much confusion, made  30,000 at hammer.  The gold medal won at Wimbledon by Harold Segersen Mahony in 1896, the last Irishman to win Wimbledon, sold for a hammer price of 24,000. An 1816 Dublin freedom box made 8,000 and  a tea service presented to Patrick  J. Smyth under the terms of the will of William Smith O’Brien sold for 5,700.  The sale brought in just under 310,000.

(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 10 and April 5, 2014).

A George III Irish freedom box from 1816 made 8,000.

A George III Irish freedom box from 1816 made 8,000.

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic
Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

AN ULSTER BANK £5 NOTE FOR £3,000

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
An Ulster Bank £5 note from 1906 estimated at £2,500-3,000.

An Ulster Bank £5 note from 1906 estimated at £2,500-3,000.

A number of rarities are included in a selection of Irish banknotes at a sale of paper money by Dix Noonan Webb in London on May 24.  A 1906 Ulster Bank £5 note bearing the signature R. Patton is estimated at £2,500-3,000.  A Central Bank of Ireland £100 note dated November 11, 1959 is estimated at  £1.500-2,000 and a National Bank Ltd. £10  note dated 1931 is estimated at £1.200-1,500.  They are among a remarkable total of 67 Irish notes in the auction.

Dix Noonan Webb is one of the world’s leading specialist auctioneers and valuers of coins, tokens, medals, militaria and paper money.

MARINE PAINTING BY VILHELM HAMMERSHOI AT SOTHEBY’S

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Sun over the Sea by Vilhelm Hammershøi.

Sun over the Sea by Vilhelm Hammershøi.

One of the only known marine paintings by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi comes up at Sotheby’s sale of 19th Century European Paintings in London on May 22.  Sun Over the Sea is estiamted at £100,000-150,000. The auction will feature a second painting by Hammershøi with a maritime subject the Old Warehouse in Christianshavn (£80,000-100,000).  Both pictures are from Danish private collections and come to market for the first time.

Claude Piening of Sotheby’s said: Hammershøi’s timeless and quietly understated images continue to cast their spell on today’s collectors. For our upcoming sale in May, we are fortunate to be offering two exterior views painted in Copenhagen. Sun over the Sea is an especially exciting rediscovery, arguably the only painting by Hammershøi to depict not only the open ocean, but the glowing orb of the sun, the source of light in so many of his more familiar interior scenes.”

NEW TO MARKET WORK BY YEATS AND HENRY AT BONHAMS

Monday, April 14th, 2014
ack Butler Yeats’ Island Men Returning.

ack Butler Yeats’ Island Men Returning.

Boats at Sea by Paul Henry.

Boats at Sea by Paul Henry.

New to market paintings by Jack Butler Yeats and Paul Henry will be offered by Bonhams in London on May 28.  Consigned from private collections in the UK and Canada each work is estimated at £60,000-80,000. Island Men Returning by Yeats dates from 1919 and depicts currachs pulling back into harbour.   Boats at Sea by Henry was finished in 1936.

Penny Day, Bonhams Head of Irish Art says “We are thrilled to be offering these two exceptional works by such stellar Irish names. Both featuring boats at sea and never before offered at auction, they present a golden opportunity to acquire a fresh and rare marine painting by two of Ireland’s most famous artists”.

Both works will be on public view at Bonhams Dublin Gallery on Molesworth Street from May 11-14.

SIX LATE SELF PORTRAITS BY ANDY WARHOL AT SOTHEBY’S

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Andy Warhol  Six Self Portaits, 1986 ($25-35 million). Copyright in this image is vested in Sotheby's.

Andy Warhol Six Self Portaits, 1986 ($25-35 million). Copyright in this image is vested in Sotheby’s.

A group of six self-portraits by Andy Warhol will come up at Sotheby’s sale of contemporary art in New York on May 14.  Executed in 1986 – 20 years after the artists last series of self-portraits and just months before his unexpected death – the group represents the definitive self image of Warhol and his brand. They are among the last and greatest works of his career.

The group was acquired by the present owners in July 1986 from the London gallery of legendary dealer Anthony d’Offay.  They bought it soft $57,500.  Now to be offered as one lot it is estimated at $25-35 million. Warhol had laid out strict instructions as to the height at which they should be hung (so as to correspond exactly with his own head height) and to the sequencing (blue, green, orange, lilac, pale blue, pink).  They have hung in that manner for the last 28 years.

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE LOTS AT WOODWARDS

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

A selection of antique and collectible items will come under the hammer at Woodwards sale in Cork on April 16.  The auction features some old Irish glass and silver, Waterford chandeliers, antique furniture, garden items and collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

George II mahogany open armchair (1,000-2,000).

George II mahogany open armchair (1,000-2,000).

An Irish Regency serving table (2,500-4,500).

An Irish Regency serving table (2,500-4,500).

An antique glass Cork water jug (250-350).

An antique glass Cork water jug (250-350).

Irish silver dish ring Edmond Johnson Dublin 1893 (1,200-1,500)

Irish silver dish ring Edmond Johnson Dublin 1893 (1,200-1,500)

JEFF KOONS’ POPEYE AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Jeff Koons Popeye signed, dated 2009-2011 and numbered 3/3.

Jeff Koons
Popeye
signed, dated 2009-2011 and numbered 3/3.

AN immaculate, gleaming, seven-foot tall statue of Popeye by Jeff Koons comes up at Sotheby’s New York evening auction of contemporary art on May 14.  The cartoon character and American pop culture icon is Koons’ most accomplished and major work of recent years. It is from an edition of three and no example has appeared at auction until now. The present Popeye has never been exhibited publicly, and will make its debut in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries on May 2.  The estimate is in the region of $25 million.

Flawlessly finished in kaleidoscope glazes Popeye stands at the culmination of a long line of sculptures in which Koons has sought to re-frame the terms of high art for the masses. Originally conceived in 1929 as part of a newspaper comic strip Popeye became a cultural phenomenon during the Great Depression. Ordinary, tough, resilient, confident and super strong Popeye personified the American dream. Koons began referencing Popeye in 2000 but it was not until 2009 that he reappropriated this American champion in heroic sculptural over life size form as an icon for a new millennium.

Alex Rotter, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Contemporary Art Department, commented: “The history of Pop Art begins and ends with Popeye. From his first representations by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol in the 1960s, to the present three-dimensional crescendo by Jeff Koons a half century later, this ultimate American hero and self-made man has remained a true icon of both art history and popular culture.”

Here is a video about the the work:

ORDER COUNTERMANDING 1916 RISING AT ADAMS HISTORY SALE

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Eoin MacNeill's Easter 1916 manuscript countermanding order (30,000-50,000).

Eoin MacNeill’s Easter 1916 manuscript countermanding order (30,000-50,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic
Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 90,000

A copy of Eoin MacNeill’s manuscript order countermanding the Easter Rising of 1916 is one of the most valuable historic lots at Adam’s sale of 800 Years of Irish Political, Literary and Military History in Dublin on April 15.  The single sheet of folded notepaper was despatched on the evening of Easter Saturday with the aim of forcing cancellation of plans for the Rising. It caused much confusion.  As a result there was no rising in Cork or Limerick. In Dublin the IRB group led by Pearse, Connolly and Tom Clarke made the decision to delay by 24 hours and struck on Easter Monday when much of the British garrison went to the races at Fairyhouse.  The rest is history.  The order is estimated at 30,000-50,000.

The auction of nearly 500 lots offers memorabilia of Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Roger Casement, Robert Emmet and a huge cast of Irish historical figures.  An original copy of the Proclamation is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  There are historic photographs, artefacts and even the 18 carat gold medal won the Harold Segerson Mahony (1867-1905) at Wimbledon in 1896.  The medal of the last Irishman to win Wimbledon is estimated at 15,000-20,000.

 

UPDATE:  The sale realised just under 310,000.  The Proclamation was the top lot.

BACON’S THREE STUDIES FOR A PORTRAIT OF JOHN EDWARDS AT CHRISTIE’S

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards

Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards (Click on image to enlarge).

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards will highlight Christie’s sale in New York on May 13.  It is one of the most important triptychs from the 1980′s still in private handsCelebrating one of the most significant relationships in Francis Bacon’s life the painting represents John Edwards, a bar manager from the East End of London, who Bacon had met a decade earlier and who went onto to become one of the artist’s inseparable companions, his most trusted confidents,  and the rare witness to the artist at work. Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, embodies the sense of calm and confidence that came over Bacon’s work in the last decade of his life. It is estimated at around $80 million.  Last year Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud  sold for a world record of $142,405,000.

We are honored to announce one of the greatest paintings from Francis Bacon’s acclaimed Late Period. Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, executed in 1984 was the centerpiece of the artist’s retrospective at the London Tate Gallery in 1985-86, and a work that the artist himself ranked amongst his best works. It shows an incredible tenderness and harmony that was prompted by Bacon’s paternal relationship with the sitter, and this period of contentment elicited a confidence of style that has been compared to late Matisse”, said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art.