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    RARE AND COLLECTIBLE FASHION AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Monday, August 13th, 2018
    A special one off auction of rare and collectible fashion items from premier luxury vintage dealers What Goes Around Comes Around is to be held at Christie’s, New York on September 18. It will feature one of a kind items and vintage pieces from designers like Hermes and Chanel.
    The live auction is timed to immediately follow New York Fashion Week and is expected to attract considerable international participation.
    Highlights from the sale include a Hermes Rouge Impérial Porosus Crocodile Lisse Kelly Sellier Bag, Philippe Barland x Chanel Limited Edition Blue Carbon Surfboard, Hermès Vert Celadon Alligator Lisse Kelly Sellier Bag, Hermès Yannick Manier 30’s Bag, MONSTER x Chanel Black Quilted Adjustable Headphones and a customized Rolling Stones Leather Jacket hand-painted by Charlotte Watts (Charlie Watts’s granddaughter) for the 2016 Rolling Stones exhibition launch. Pictured is a selection from the sale.

    SIR EDWARD BARRY’S WINES OF THE ANCIENTS

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

    Sir Edward Barry’s wine observations

    The earliest major work in English on the wines of the ancients, and the first book in English that discusses modern wines is among the current offerings from London specialist booksellers Peter Harrington.  It was written in the 18th century by Dublin based Professor Edward Barry.

    A doctor by training Edward Barry served as physician-general to the forces in Ireland, and professor of physic in the University of Dublin 1745-61.  Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1732 he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1740 and its president in 1749.  He entered the Irish House of Commons in 1744, representing Charleville in Co. Cork until 1760.

    The first and only edition of Sir Edward Barry’s Observations, historical, critical and medical on the Wines of the Ancients 1775 is priced at £2,250.

    SPECIAL TEAM TO BUY TITANIC ARTEFACTS COLLECTION

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

    Precious artefacts recovered from Titanic on the seabed are to be returned to Belfast. A group of museums and film maker James Cameron have teamed up to buy the entire Titanic Artefacts Collection.  Last year Premier Exhibitions, the US firm with rights to salvage items from the Titanic wreck, filed for bankruptcy.  Now The Royal Museums Greenwich, National Museums Northern Ireland, Titanic Belfast and Titanic Foundation plan to buy the Titanic Artefacts Collection and its 5,500 pieces and bring them home to Belfast where the ship was built.  The collection includes a piece of the hull and sets of china from the ship.  The plan is backed by The National Geographic Society and Dr Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who discovered the wreck.  It is understood the bid is in the region of £14.5 million.

    The ship sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 people.  The last port of call was Queenstown, now Cobh, in Cork Harbour.

    A section of the hull recovered from the seabed

    Titanic

    CHRISTION DIOR EXHIBITION AT V AND A IN 2019

    Sunday, July 29th, 2018

    A sketch by Christian Dior for model Oxford, Spring/Summer 1947 collection.

    Excitement is building already about the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever to be staged in the UK on the House of Dior.  Spanning the years from 1947 to the present day it opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London next February.

    Christian Dior:  Designer of Dreams will trace the history and impact of one of the most influential couturiers of the 20th century and the six artistic directors who succeeded him.  The show will present more than 500 objects and over 200 rare haute couture garments.

    In 1947 Dior changed the face of fashion with his New Look which redefined the female silhouette and re-invigorated the post war Parisian fashion industry.

    A TRANSATLANTIC VIEWING OF HOLLYWOOD STYLES

    Saturday, July 21st, 2018

    A custom made gown worn by Raquel Welch while performing “I’m a Woman” on Cher, CBS, 1975-1976 ($3,000-5,000).

    The glamour of transatlantic liner voyages will combine with the allure of Hollywood when the Queen Mary II sails from Southampton to New York on August 19.  On board will be an exhibition of Hollywood fashion from the collection of legendary designer Bob Mackie to be sold by Julien’s Auctions next November.

    Cher, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and Raquel Welsh are among the women he has designed for.  From his award winning wardrobe as show costume designer for the first Carol Burnett Show during its 11 year run to his longtime collaboration with Cher and her dazzling, boundary pushing wardrobe for television, concert tours and show stopping public appearances, the nine time Emmy award winning designer, three time Academy Award nominee and the Television Academy Hall of Fame inductee has spent a distinguished career of designing for women who dare to be noticed.
    His unprecedented career achievements have been honored by the fashion industry and the arts in numerous awards including: the TDF Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for theatrical costume design; the “Charlie” (Chaplin) Award for Fashion Arts by the Hollywood Arts Council in 2008; a Design Legend Award and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Otis College of Art and Design in 2011 where Mackie has mentored students for over two decades and the Chicago History Museum with the Designer of Excellence Award in 2016.
    The 1999 retrospective titled Unmistakably Mackie at the Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology was one of the most highly attended exhibitions in New York City history.
    Today’s biggest stars and celebrities continue to be dressed by Mackie and his brand continues to flourish with his QVC Wearable Art Collection as well as his designs for Cher in her Classic Cher concert series in 2017 and the wardrobe for The Cher Show, set to open on Broadway next autumn.  Julien’s will hold a live and online auction of the collection on November 17.

    JULIEN’S TO OFFER PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SHARON TATE

    Thursday, July 12th, 2018

    Tate’s chocolate mink swing coat

    Property from the collection of Sharon Tate will be offered by Julien’s auctions in Los Angeles on November 17.  The actress and model’s life and style embodied the essence of the swinging 60’s.  Her most famous role and acclaimed performance came as Jennifer North in the 1967 cult classic film Valley of the Dolls, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best New Actress. Her final film role was in The 13 Chairs, also known as 12+1, which was released posthumously in 1969.

    Highlights include a custom made chocolate slubbed silk dress attributed to William Travilla and worn by Tate while being interviewed on the 1968 documentary The New Cinema ($5,000-$7,000); a black floral lace Christian Dior mini dress worn to the London premiere of Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac in 1966 ($15,000-$30,000); The chocolate sheer silk Alba gown worn at The Golden Globe Awards with Roman Polanski in 1968 ($4,000-$6,000); The ivory silk moiré mini wedding dress worn at her London wedding at the Chelsea Registry Office to Roman Polanski in 1968 ($25,000-$50,000); The green knit mini dress designed by Betsey Johnson for Paraphernalia worn at the Paris 1967 premiere of The Fearless Vampire Killers ($1,000-$2,000) and Tate’s chocolate mink swing coat designed by “Fuhrman’s Beverly Hills” with asymmetrical collar and fur puffs for buttons ($20,000-$40,000)

    ALL ABOUT GARDENS AT SHEPPARDS

    Thursday, May 24th, 2018

    Garden sculpture and architectural ornaments, sundials,  vases, fountains, benches, spheres, gates, tables and troughs will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale in Durrow on May 29.  Viewing is at Glantelwe Gardens, Mill Road, Durrow.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    PAIR OF LARGE ESTATE ITALIANATE STONE LIONS (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CLASSICAL TERRACOTTA JARDINIERES (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    19TH CENTURY CAST-IRON BENCH (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CAST IRON FRENCH JARDINIERES (400-600)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    FOUR DAYS OF ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE AUCTIONS IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, May 17th, 2018

    A massive four day clearance auction of architectural salvage gets underway in Dublin on May 18. Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath will offer a collection which includes a full Edwardian court room, Georgian cut granite stones, cobbles, lintels, sash windows, antique, pub and related furniture and old pine.  The sale is on May 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 11.30 a.m. each day.  More than 4,000 lots, the contents of an architectural salvage yard at 326-28 South Circular Road,  will come under the hammer.  The catalogue is online.

    An old English court room.

    Some intact architectural salvag

    SRI LANKAN SAPPHIRE BRACELET AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, May 14th, 2018

    This Sri Lankan sapphire and diamond bracelet, designed in the 1950’s, epitomizes the style of its era. Following a period of austerity which accompanied the war, the 1950’s heralded a decade of welcome prosperity. From a private Irish collection and estimated at 60,000-80,000 it is the main highlight of the evening jewellery sale at James Adam in Dublin on May 15.

    Mounted in platinum and gold the bracelet is set with seven cushion-shaped sapphires weighing approximately 45 carats, joined by articulated segments of geometric design with old cushion, round and baguette-cut diamonds weighing around 25 carats.  Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is home to an abundance of gemstones of superior quality and is sometimes referred to as the island of jewels.  The auction offers 247 lots of  contemporary and period jewellery and the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 53,000 AT HAMMER

    PERFECT 102 CARAT DIAMOND SOLD PRIVATELY THROUGH SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, April 6th, 2018

    102.34 carat perfection

    The only known round brilliant diamond over 100 carats to have achieved perfection by all critical criteria: colour, clarity, cut and carat has been acquired through Sotheby’s Diamonds by a private collector.  The identity of the new owner has not been revealed.  Sotheby’s say it was purchased for a price per carat which far exceeds that for any colourless diamond sold at auction.  The current auction record price per carat for a white diamond is US$260,252, set at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in 2013.

    Coinciding with the sale of Sotheby’s has sourced  two white stones, each one weighing over 50 carats, and both of the same extraordinary colour and clarity as the 102.34 carat stone.  They will come up in Geneva on May 15.

    The first of the two stones is a round, brilliant cut diamond which, at 51.71 carats, ranks as the second largest D Flawless brilliant-cut diamond ever to have appeared at auction.  It is estimated at US$8.2-9.5 million. The second stone, similarly perfect, weighs 50.39 carats but is oval, rather than round; it too is the second largest D Flawless diamond of its shape ever to have come to auction. It is estimated at US$7.3-8 million.