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    A SUCCESSFUL SALE FOR THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    W.B. Yeats’ writing bureau sold for £187,500.

    Even though the two most expensively estimated lots failed to find buyers the sale of the Yeats family collection at Sotheby’s today must be seen as a howling success.  Many lots sold for way above the top estimate and there was very keen bidding for the private collection of one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century.  The sale of more than 220 lots comprised the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack.

    Billed as the highlight an archive of 133 letters from WB to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936 failed to sell.  They had been estimated at £250,000-350,000. Similarly The Runaway Horse, the most expensively estimated of the paintings in the sale by Jack B. Yeats remained unsold. It had been estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    Against this W.B’s writing bureau made a hammer price of £187,500 over a top estimate of £30,000, John Butler Yeats’ Self Portrait, New York sold for £87,500 over  a top estimate of £50,000, a portrait of WB by his father made  £30,000 over a top estimate of £5,000, a painting of Coole by WB made £43,750 over a top estimate of £10,000 and his painting of the library at Coole made £50,000 over a top estimate of £12,000. WB’s desk chair made £32,500 and the family dining table, bought with his Nobel Prize money, made £10,000 over a top estimate of £2,500. Even his metal deed box sold for £15,000. Scrapbooks and sketchbooks all made big money. A sketchbook by WB with sketches, notes and early drafts of The Island of the Statues made £35,000 over a top estimate of £8,000. The Sunset belongs to you by Jack B made £212,500 over a top estimate of £150,000 and The Captain by the same artist sold for £87,500.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 25, August 27 and August 19, 2017)

    VIVIEN LEIGH COLLECTION SOARS TO OVER FIVE TIMES ESTIMATE

    Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

    Winston Churchill, Roses in a Vase was the top lot at the auction

    The sale of the Vivien Leigh collection soared to over five times its pre-sale estimate at Sotheby’s in London today. Collectors turned out in their droves to witness and take part in the sale of her personal collection. Over 1,400 participants from 52 countries drove the auction total to £2,243,867  over five times the pre-sale estimate.

    Over the course of four days, some 4,000 people flocked to Sotheby’s to view first-hand paintings, furnishings, jewellery, couture, silver, books and further items celebrating all aspects of Vivien’s life. In a saleroom filled to capacity, all of the 321 lots offered found a buyer as lot after lot soared above estimate.  In this white glove auction more than 40% of lots were bought online.

    A painting by Sir Winston Churchill given as a present to Vivien Leigh sold for £638,750, nine times the pre-sale estimate.Study of Roses was sent to Vivien shortly after her visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, in August 1951. It hung in her bedroom for the rest of her life. The price achieved for this one lot exceeded pre-sale estimate for entire auction.

    A TWO DAY SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    A large Edwardian dolls house, a graduated diamond necklace, a 19th century bonheur du jour, a Regency revolving bookcase and a Chinese decorated bowl are among the top lots at Sheppards two day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on September 26 and 27.  The catalogue for the sale, entitled The Legacy of the Big House, is online. Here is a small selection:

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY KINGWOOD AND SEVRES PORCELAIN PANELED BONHEUR DU JOUR (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN

    DRESDEN PORCELAIN CASED MANTLE CLOCK (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 100 EURO

    LARGE EDWARDIAN DOLL’S HOUSE (400-600)

    18 CT. WHITE GOLD CLAW SET GRADUATED DIAMOND NECKLACE (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    REGENCY MAHOGANY REVOLVING BOOKCASE, CIRCA 1810 (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500

    GARLAND, MONROE, JFK AND TRUMP TO FEATURE AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    The largest collection of Judy Garland costumes, Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood’s 1956 Nobel Peace Prize medal, JFK’s rocking chair and Donald Trump’s souvenir wedding cake will feature at Julien’s Icon and Idols auction in a live and online auction in Los Angeles on November 17.  The sale will include property of Marilyn Monroe, former King Edward VIII, Neil Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Lee, Greta Garbo, Brad Pitt, Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart.

    Highlights include a petal pink turn-of-the-century slip worn by Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis ($3,000-$5,000) along with the red velvet ball gown she donned while singing “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 iconic holiday moment in the film ($4,000-$6,000);  the 1956 Nobel medal (Sir Cyril was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize with Nikolay Semenov of the USSR for their researches into the mechanism of chemical reactions, specifically in the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen) ($200,000-$400,000); a 1963  oak and leather upholstered rocking chair commissioned and gifted by President John F. Kennedy to Senator Stanley Arnold ($8,000-$10,000), an exact replica of Kennedy’s famed rocking chair  built by White House upholsterer Lawrence Arata on the recommendation of the President’s doctor and a souvenir wedding cake from the 2005 marriage of President Donald Trump to First Lady Melania Knauss ($1,000-$2,000). As the actual seven-tier wedding cake (reportedly costing $50,000) was not eaten by the wedding guests due to the amount of wire used to make it stand, the individual chocolate truffle cake favors were taken home to enjoy.  Here is a small selection:

    Judy Garland’s gown in Meet me in St. Louis

    Souvenir wedding cake from Donald Trump’s 2005 marriage to Melania Knauss

    JFK presidential rocking chair.

    Bruno Bernard‘s original black and white vintage photograph taken and signed by Bernard on the set of The Seven Year Itch (1955) ($10,000-$20,000);

     

     

    AN AUTUMN THRIFT SALE AT MEALY’S

    Monday, September 18th, 2017

    There will be a mix bag of lots at Mealy’s autumn thrift sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on September 22. Estimates are very reasonable for a sale that includes a carved and lacquered oriental chest (150-250), a Regency period ebony strung table (80-120), a 19th century French vinyard clock (40-60) and a 17th century style oak dresser (180-250).  The catalogue is online.

    A 17th century style oak dresser (180-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 130

    A 19th century French vinyard clock  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 25

    A Regency ebony strung tilt top table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 70

    A carved and lacquered oriental chest.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 90

    IRELAND’S RAREST ISSUED COIN MAKES 7,500 AT WHYTE’S

    Monday, September 11th, 2017

    Cast members copy of the script for The Quiet Man, winner of two Oscars and shot in Cong, Co. Mayo in 1951,

    A 1943 florin, Ireland’s rarest issued coin, was the top lot at Whyte’s eclectic collector sale in Dublin on September 9.  It sold for a hammer price of 7,500.  Other top lots which excited collectors included a set of photographic stills from The Quiet Man (4,200), The Quiet Man shooting script (3,600), a gold 1811 USA five dollars (3,200), a signed copy of The Beatles Love me Do (3,000), a trio of medals to a Scottish family involved in the 1916 Rising (2,700), a signed Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album (2,600), a signed first edition of At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien (2,300) and a 1934 Irish Army Volunteer Force uniform (2,200).

    More than 80% of lots were sold.  The auction grossed 230,000.

    MOST COMPREHENSIVE EVER COLLECTION OF TEN SHILLING NOTES

    Monday, September 11th, 2017

    The most comprehensive private collection of Irish Ten Shilling notes ever assembled will be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb on September 25 in London. The collection of the late Tony Lenny, who latterly lived in Wicklow,  displays extraordinary perseverance.  He spent 40 years putting it together and acquired examples of 230 of the 231 dates on which Irish Ten Shilling notes were issued. Opinion differs on whether the one that evaded him actually exists.

    The Lenny Collection is being auctioned in two parts. Among the 78 lots to be offered later this month are the only known examples of a particular date or prefix. Rare notes from the 1920’s and 1930’s are included along with a fascinating group from the early 1940’s all stamped with single code letters as a wartime security measure. Estimates brange from £100 to £150 up to £800 to £1,000 for a rare note dated 31 December 1929.

    Born in 1924 in Cookstown, County Tyrone Tony Lenny worked as an executive at the Irish Grain Board and at R. & H. Hall. He and his wife Dympna moved to Bray, raised five children and ran a wool shop. Tony Lenny loved horse racing and he opened two betting offices, one in Bray and the other in central Dublin.

    UPDATE: All 78 lots were sold for a total hammer price of £25,680 (£30,816 with commission) – the two top lots each made £1,200 at hammer.

    A RARE TEN SHILLING NOTE FROM DECEMBER 1929.

    THE LATE TONY LENNY

    HOWARD HODGKINS COLLECTION TO BE SOLD

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017

    Antiques, textiles and objects often acquired at auction by the artist Howard Hodgkin, who died aged 84 in March, are to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s  in London on October 24.  More than 400 lots, including tiles, carpet fragments, antiques, drawings and paintings, will be sold.  There are Ottoman, Indian and Islamic tiles, textiles and rugs and fragments of calligraphy, Italian pietra dura marble, prints, mezzotints and engravings.

    The collection also includes artworks by his friends such as Patrick Caulfield, represented by a blue still life of a sweet bowl (£300,000-£500,000); a work by Bhupen Khakhar , The De-Luxe Tailors (£250,000-£350,000) and a Peter Blake postcard on a green felt background, which he gave Hodgkin in 1974 (£8,000-£12,000).

    Hodgkin did not keep his own work as he said they got in the way of new work, though he did keep two paintings from his debut show at the ICA in 1962,  Bedroom and Travelling.  “I have absolutely no desire to collect my own work, but do have what with age seems an almost unquenchable thirst for acquiring other things to look at,” he said.

    Highlights will be on view in Mumbai in September and in Dubai in October. Here is a small selection:

    An interior shot of his home in Bloomsbury, London with items to be auctioned.

    Patrick Caulfield – Sweet Bowl

    Howard Hodgkin – Travelling

    hupen Khakhar – De-Luxe Tailors

    ADAMS PICKS TO WHET APPETITE OF YOUNGER BUYERS

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017

    In an attempt to whet the appetite of the younger generation for its jewellery sales Dublin based auction house James Adam has set out on a new path. To bring a sense of fun to the sales with bold contemporary pieces Claire Mestrallet, head of jewellery at Adams,  has enlisted the help of Shelly Corkery, fashion director at Brown Thomas, who has reviewed the sale scheduled to take place on September 19.  Corkery’s favourite picks include an on trend green tourmaline and diamond necklace by Margherita Burgener (4,200-5,200), a c1945 diamond set bracelet (7,000-9,000) and the aquamarine and diamond dress ring by Mario Buccelati (5,000-7,000) pictured here.  The sale highlight is a c1920 sugar loaf sapphire and diamond ring (16,000-20,000).

    UPDATE: The sugar loaf sapphire sold for 22,000 at hammer, the acquarmarine and diamond ring by Mario Buccelati made 10,500 at hammer, the c1945 bracelet sold for 11,800 and the tourmaline and diamond necklace was unsold.

    ITEMS FROM PERSONAL COLLECTION OF MONET AT CHRISTIE’S

    Saturday, September 9th, 2017

    Objects and artworks from the personal collection of Claude Monet will come up at Christie’s in Hong Kong on November 26.  Early works by Monet that trace his artistic development range from sketches to pastels and some of the first examples of the artist working in series. These are presented alongside pieces from his own collection by artists and friends including Édouard Manet, Eugène Boudin, Auguste Rodin, Paul Signac and others. Through Japanese prints, personal items and photographs of the artist the sale offers a glimpse into the private world of Claude Monet.

    In addition to being the first sale dedicated to Impressionism in Asia the auction will be transmitted to Christie’s Parisian auction room to enable European based clients to attend and participate. Titled Dear Monsieur Monet, the collection, preserved by Rolande Verneiges, an unrecognised yet protected daughter of Claude Monet’s son Michel, presents an intimate and family driven insight into one of art history’s most beloved artists. Hidden from the rest of the world, these works have only been seen in catalogue reproductions.

    CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) Falaises des Petites-Dalles ($2-3 million)

    AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)
    Salomé ($50,000-80,000)

    KITAGAWA UTAMARO
    (1753-1806)
    Two women, from the series Six Jewel Rivers ($3,000-5,000)

    A FRENCH SILVER CHEESE KNIFE
    CIRCA 1880, MAKER’S MARK ILLEGIBLE ($300-500)