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    PATRICK SWAYZE ESTATE AUCTION AT JULIEN’S

    Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

    Property from the estate of Patrick Swayze will come up at Julien’s Auctions in April.  The three-time Golden Globe nominee who died too early in 2009 became an instant celebrity in 1987 when he starred as the misunderstood dance instructor Johnny Castle in the surprise hit Dirty Dancing.

    After starring roles in other films such as Red Dawn, he went on to star in the hit mini-series, North & South, Books I & II. In 1987, everything changed as Dirty Dancing went on to become a Hollywood box office sensation which secured Swayze as a Hollywood icon. His star continued to rise as he was cast in iconic films including Road HouseNext of KinPoint BreakCity of Joyand To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar.

    In 1990 Patrick Swayze starred alongside Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in the romantic drama Ghost. The film grossed over $200 million and earned Swayze a Golden Globe nomination, one of three he would receive throughout his career. He was also a singer whose hit “She’s like the Wind” catapulted to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in the late 1980s. Fans will also never forget Swayze being named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991.

    The live and online auction will take place April 28-29, 2017 at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.  Highlights include Patrick Swayze’s leather jacket from the film Dirty Dancing ($4,000-$6,000); his shirt and shoes from the film Ghost ($2,000-$4,000); a Patrick Swayze Golden Globe nomination certificate ($800-$1,200); a collection of script packets for Season 16 of Saturday Night Live when Swayze hosted  ($600-$800); a Patrick Swayze Point Break worn O’Neill wetsuit ($2,000-$4,000); a Point Break surfboard ($4,000-$6,000) and Point Break skydiving gear ($1,000-$2,000).

    Other highlights include Patrick Swayze personal Wong Foo script and signed photo ($6,000-$8,000); Swayze’s DeLorean automobile ($30,000-$50,000) and his 1986 Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle ($8,000-$10,000).

    Patrick Swayze leather jacket from Dirty Dancing

    Swayze auction catalog cover

    Patrick Swayze personal Harley-Davidson

    Patrick Swayze shirt from Ghost.

    A FIRST EDITION OF GULLIVER’S TRAVELS AT BONHAMS

    Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

    A first edition of Gulliver’s Travels.

    A first edition of Gulliver’s Travels is one of the leading lots at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on 1 March 1. From a world-class collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century fantasy and scientific literature it is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

    Jonathan Swift’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World … by Lemuel Gulliver, commonly known as Gulliver’s Travels, was published on 28 October 1726, selling out within two weeks. It has been popular ever since and is the most widely read work of 18th century English literature. Adapted many times for film, television and radio – and even opera – the stories of Gulliver’s travels to fantastical lands, including Lilliput and Brobdingnag, are famous throughout the world.

    The collection was assembled during the 20th century by a French bibliophile. It has a strong emphasis on works which would now be classified as science fiction, although important scientific and philosophical writers such as Galileo and Descartes are also represented. Other highlights include:

    • A first edition of Johannes Kepler’s very rare imaginary tale of a voyage to the moon – Somnium, seu opus posthumum de astronomia lunari. Divulgatum (A Dream: or, a Posthumous Work of Lunar Astronomy)– published posthumously in 1634, and estimated at £20,000-30,000. The book features an astonishingly accurate description of how the rest of the celestial system would look as seen from the moon.
    • La découverte australe par un homme-volant, ou le Dédale francais by Restif de la Bretonne estimated at £4,000-6,000. This proto-science fiction Utopian novel is the account of the voyages to mythical lands by the hero, Victorin, in his flying machine made of cape-like wings of silk and a head-worn umbrella-device. It is illustrated with plates depicting the flying machine and the exotic tribes encountered by Victorin on his journey, including men-asses, men-frogs, men-snakes, men-elephants and men-lions.
    • De la terre à la lune, trajet direct en 97 heures, by Jules Verne estimated at £800-1,000. A second edition of Verne’s classic From the Earth to the Moon of 1865 which drew on the latest scientific and technological knowledge to envisage a manned flight to the moon more than 100 years before it actually happened.

    A LIFETIME COLLECTION OF GAA MEMORABILIA

    Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

    Auctioneer Denis Lynes with a collection of sporting memorabilia.

    Sporting memorabilia always creates considerable interest at auctions in Ireland. Auctioneer Denis Lynes will offer a lifetime collection of GAA hurling and football programmes will feature at the next Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on March 25.  They are currently being catalogued. He expects considerable interest.

    A HOUSE SALE IN LIMERICK WITH ORIENTAL LOTS

    Saturday, February 4th, 2017
    Satsuma vases, blue and white jardinieres, Oriental porcelain plaques on stands, a four panel screen with ebony frame, figures and carvings, cloisonné ware, cabinets, tables and lamps will come under the hammer at a house sale in Limerick city on February 18.  O’Donovan and Associates of Newcastle West will offer the contents of Manderville House at Fort Mary Park (opposite the Gaelic Grounds) on the instructions of the representatives of the late Mr. and Mrs. Terry McGowan.
    The late Terry McGowan spent some time in Japan and many of the more than 250 lots on offer originated in the Far East.  All are to be sold without reserve.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A Chinese wall carving

    An Oriental plaque on an ebony stand

    MOORCROFT VASES SELL FOR 6,000 AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, January 30th, 2017

    A WILLIAM MOORCROFT BURSLEM CHINA PAIR OF CIRCULAR BALUSTER TAPERING SLENDER VASES

    A William Moorcroft Burslem china par of circular baluster tapering slender vases sold for a hammer price of 6,000 at the January sale at James Adam in Dublin on January 29. They are stamped  ‘Florian Ware, Jas MacIntyre & Co Ltd., Burslem, England’ and with Moorcroft signature in green.
    William Moorcroft was born in Burslem and trained in London at the National Art Training School. He gained a reputation as one of the leading pottery designers in Britain and was highly sought after by retailers such as Tiffanys. Moorcroft drew inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement and was fond of bold colour and Oriental form. This was reflected in his work, notably in his Florian Range at MacIntyre & Co. which was extremely popular.

    This gave him the confidence to leave James MacIntyre & Co. and set up on his own. His departure was by no means amicable. It is reported that Moorcroft left suddenly and took many of MacIntyres employees with him. William Moorcroft was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Gold medal for his designs at the 1904 St Louis Exhibition. In 1928 he was awarded Royal Patronage by Queen Mary. Moorcroft is one of the last remaining independent art potteries in the world today.

    THE JANUARY SALE AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

    Around 375 lots will come under the hammer at the January sale at James Adam in Dublin at noon on January 29.   There is an affordable selection of silver, art, dining chairs, lighting, antique furniture,  glass, porcelain, mirrors.  rugs and collectible items.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    WYCLIFFE EGGINTON RI RCA (1875-1951)
    Still life of roses in a mug watercolour (300-400) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 570 AT HAMMER

    A CHINESE BLACK LACQUER CABINET (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 130 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGIAN INLAID WALNUT AND CROSSBANDED KNEEHOLE WRITING DESK (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 160 AT HAMMER

    SET OF SIX IRISH BRIGHT CUT ENGRAVED SILVER TEASPOONS, Dublin 1894, together with a similar small Irish silver scroll end soup ladle, Dublin 1896 (80-120)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 120 AT HAMMER.

    AN ATTIC SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW THIS WEEK

    Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

    Paintings, furniture and collectibles will come under the hammer at the Attic2 auction at Sheppards in Durrow on January 26.  This clear out sale, which is now on view, will feature objects from the attics, stables and storerooms of the clients of this auction house.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRASS MOUNTED AMBOYNA, SATINWOOD AND FRUITWOOD BANDED GLOVE BOX (100-150)

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY RUSSIAN PAINTED POLYCHROME ICON (100-150)

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY MAHOGANY CIRCULAR LOW TABLE (200-300)

    AN EDWARDIAN PERIOD CHINESE CHIPPENDALE BOOKSTAND (200-300)

    A c1800 writing bureau (800-1,200)

    THE RISING MEDAL AWARDED TO JOSEPH PLUNKETT AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
    THE 1916 Rising Medal awarded posthumously to Joseph Plunkett comes up at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on Saturday January 21.  In 1941 Grace, the patriot’s widow, refused to attend a ceremony to receive the medal, probably in protest against the wartime policy of internment of IRA members. Grace Gifford married Joseph Plunkett in the prison chapel at Kilmainham seven hours before his execution, became a prominent republican, opposed the Treaty and was imprisoned by the Irish Free State government.   When the medal was posted to her she threw it in a bin, where it was rescued by a friend, Cathal Gannon.  Grace told him to keep it as she did not want to have it. It is estimated at 40,000-60,000.

    The silk flag of the Costello Volunteers, raised in Mayo and Roscommon in 1779, is a rarity estimated at 20,000-30,000. The sale features 40 lots of early printed maps and charts of Ireland and its coast, a collection Staffordshire figures of Irish nationalists including Tone, O’Connell, Parnell and Gladstone, the George V ministerial box used by Sean Lemass from 1932-39, the 1886 bandleaders mace from the Brian Borhoime Band, Clontarf, a piece of shrapnel recovered from Rathdown Park, Terenure following the bombing by German aircraft in January 1941, gold coins and banknotes among almost 550 lots.

    The 1916 Rising medal awarded to Joseph Plunkett (40,000-60,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    19th century Staffordshire figure of Daniel O’Connell (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 360 AT HAMMER

    1654 Maps of Ireland by Joan Blaeu, from Theatrum or Novus Atlas. A set of six hand-coloured, engraved maps of Ireland, Ulster; Munster, Connaught (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    The 18th century silk flag of the Costello Volunteers (20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF BOULLE FURNITURE AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

    The sale of contents of the Palais Rose in Paris by Christie’s  on March 7 will give collectors and connoisseurs an opportunity to acquire Old Master paintings and drawings, fine furniture, porcelain and jewellery.  Christie’s will offer the collection of Boni de Castellane & Anna Gould, legendary figures of the late 19th and early 20thcenturies.  Boni de Castellane, a celebrated dandy of the Parisian scene, married Anna Gould, daughter of an American millionaire who made his fortune in railways, in 1895.  Their Palais Rose was completed in 1902 and hosted some of the most celebrated parties in Paris with guests including the Queen of Naples, Queen Isabel II of Spain, Kapurthala’s Mahardjah and the Kings of Spain and Portugal in 1905.  Anna Gould filed for divorce in 1906, mainly due to the exorbitant expenses he had generated. Diane de Castellane lived in this home surrounded by treasures, the majority of which she had inherited from her grandmother Anna Gould, and of which the impressive collection of Boulle furniture is the most significant of all. (All images courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2017).

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV BOULLE MARQUETRY OF ‘PREMIERE PARTIE’ CASKETS, ATTRIBUTED TO ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, EARLY 18TH CENTURY (200,000-300,000)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 173,000

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ‘CONTRE PARTIE’ BOULLE LATE 17TH CENTURY MARQUETRY MEUBLES A HAUTEUR D’APPUI STAMPED BY JEAN-LOUIS FAIZELOT-DELORME, CIRCA 1775 (1-1.5 million)  UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI BOULLE MARQUETRY ‘PREMIERE PARTIE’ MEUBLES A HAUTEUR D’APPUI STAMPED BY ADAM WEISWEILER AND ETIENNE LEVASSEUR, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY (800,000-1.2 million)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 818,500

    A PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY SEVRES PORCELAIN AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED “VASES EN BURETTES”(100,000-150,000) UPDATE: THESE MADE 140,500

    PAIRE DE “VASES OVOIDE” EN PORCELAINE TENDRE DE SEVRES DU XVIIIe SIECLE c1770 (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 206,500

    A COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 1,000 HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS IN SUSSEX

    Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

    A collection of more than a 1,000 signatures from historical figures from from Charles Dickens to the Duke of Wellington to the First Men on the Moon to Buffalo Bill and Harry Houdini will be offered by the Sussex auctioneers Campbells on January 24 in Worthing. Amassed by the late John Evans, who was passionate about politics and was one of the first Anti-Vivisection campaigners, the signatures are either framed or in albums.

    Auctioneer Paul Campbell said: “It’s been such a privilege to turn the pages of one man’s life and passion and to see and consider the history he brought together. The Dalai Lama is next to Spencer Perceval, the Prime Minister who was murdered inside the House of Commons in 1812.” Estimates range from £50 to £1,000, with the earliest signature dating from 1697 from the 1st Duke of Marlborough. Literary names include J.M Barrie; Rudyard Kipling; William Wordsworth; Arthur Conan Doyle and John Ruskin.  Most Prime Ministers from Robert Walpole to Winston Churchill through to Tony Blair are featured along with explorer Sir Edmund Hillary and Lord Hunt – who led the successful 1953 expedition to Mount Everest; photographs taken on the moon that were later signed by the first men on the moon including Neil Armstrong; Buzz Aldrin and Charlie Duke as well as artists including Pablo Picasso; Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Dame Laura Knight.

    A letter from Lady Hamilton

    A letter from the Duke of Wellington.