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    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);




    Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair previews at the RDS Dublin this evening.  Over 15,000 people are expected for an assembly of Ireland’s leading antique dealers exhibiting a wide range of rare and beautiful objects.  A series of lectures will take place throughout the fair. Sundays lecture by George Williams will be on Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath with the only surviving Robert Adams interiors in Ireland. Items owned by David Bowie, Jackie Collins and Lady Gaga will feature alongside the best of Irish antique design classics at this year’s Fair.  Opening times are from 11 am to 9 pm on September 22 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 23 and 24.

    This emerald-cut diamond solitaire ring is at Weldon’s (150,000)

    A Josef Lorenzl bronze from the Jackie Collins Collection at the fair with Niall Mullen. (3,850)


    Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

    A  sale of affordable Irish art runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until the evening of September 25.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    GERALD SCARFE (B.1936) Untitled (250-350)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 200

    JOHN KINGERLEE (B.1936)Tribute Series (2015) (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 750

    DOUGLAS ALEXANDER (1871-1945)Royal Dublin Golf Club (400-500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 260 AT HAMMER

    Antony Gormley – Domain Field (offset litho on art paper) (250-350)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 400


    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


    Saturday, September 16th, 2017

    Viewing for the Irish art auction at de Veres on September 20 at 6 pm gets underway at Kildare St. at noon today. The 131 lots offer a mix of 20th century and contemporary art.  Traditionalists will be taken by two works. A Muted Appeal – the little match girl by Richard Thomas Moynan whose subject is a flower seller who worked at Chatham St. off Grafton St. The second traditional offering is Gathering Beans by Arthur David McCormick, a work purchased at the James Gorry Gallery in 1988. There is art by Sean McSweeney, Charles Brady, Diana Copperwhite, John Shinnors, Robert Ballagh, Norah McGuinness and a wide cross section of Irish artists.  Viewing is at de Veres, the auction will be held at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online.

    Evening, Grand Parade, Cork by Cecil Galbally (1911-1995) (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,000 AT HAMMER

    : A Muted Appeal (the little match girl) by Richard Thomas Moynan (1850-1906) (6,000-9,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,500 at hammer


    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd Version 1971

    Francis Bacon’s landmark painting Study of Red Pope 1962, 2nd version 1971,  will come up at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale on October 6 during Frieze Week.  It stands as the grand finale to his celebrated body of Papal portraits and is the only painting that unites the Pope with his greatest love George Dyer, who is depicted as the Pope’s reflection.

    First exhibited on 26 October 1971, in the legendary retrospective of Francis Bacon’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris, Study of Red Pope 1962,  2nd version 1971 was executed six months earlier in April 1971. It has been unseen in public for 45 years.  This is the first and only time in his oeuvre that Bacon united his two greatest obsessions: the Pope and George Dyer – his great muse and lover.

    The canvas became a tragic premonition of Dyer’s fateful end when, less than thirty-six hours before the opening of the career-defining exhibition, Dyer was found dead. Acquired by the family of the present owner in 1973 this work has appeared in all the major publications dedicated to Bacon’s work but never exhibited publicly.


    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Pablo Picasso’s Femme accroupie (Jacqueline), painted on October 8, 1954  will come to auction for the first time at Christie’s evening sale  of Impressionist and Modern Art on November 13 in New York. From a private collection, it is estimated to sell for $20-30 million.

    The brilliant primary colors in Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) illustrate a sunny day in the South of France during early autumn, 1954. Picasso and Jacqueline Roque, his ultimate paramour and eventual second wife, had begun living together in the Midi and would soon return to Paris to reside in the artist’s studio.

    Jessica Fertig, head of the evening sale, said: “Picasso embarked on his late, great period, which his biographer John Richardson succinctly defined and characterized as “l’époque Jacqueline“—It is Jacqueline’s image that dominates Picasso’s work from 1954 until his death, longer than any of the women who preceded her.

    Christie’s Global President, Jussi Pylkkanen, remarked: “Jacqueline was a beautiful woman and one of Picasso’s most elegant muses. This painting of Jacqueline hung in Picasso’s private collection for many years and has rarely been seen in public since 1954. It is a museum quality painting on the grand scale which will capture the imagination of the global art market when it is offered at Christie’s New York this November.”


    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    Artists like Kenneth Webb, Tony O’Malley, John Shinnors, Basil Blackshaw, James Humbert Craig and Harry Kernoff all feature in Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online Irish art auction.  Bidding is open until the evening of Monday September 18.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Harry Aaron Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Connemara Cailin (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) The Orchard (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    James S. Brohan (b.1952)
    Wild Flower Meadow (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

    Antony Gormley – A Case for an Angel 1 (1989)

    Antony Gormley’s A Case for an Angel I (1989) will be a highlight at Christie’s Frieze Week auctions.  Estimated at £5,000,000-7,000,000) the work is poised to set an auction record for the artist.   A Case for an Angel I is a magnetic and imposing presence, resplendent with an 8.5-metre wingspan.

    Katharine Arnold, who heads the sale at Christie’s, said: “Antony Gormley has pioneered a poignant type of sculpture reflecting upon the balance of human aspirations versus our physical limitations. A Case for an Angel I (1989) is the original articulation of this concept, configured in the 1:1 size of the artist’s body and with an 8.5-metre wingspan, the sculpture creates a vast optical horizon. We expect the sculpture, which prefigured the artist’s landmark sculpture the Angel of the North at Gateshead, to perform at the highest levels.”

    British artists will form a focal point of Christie’s Frieze Week Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on October 6.  The sale will feature masterworks by major figures, including Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson and Jenny Saville.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £5,296,250


    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    Kusama’s rare pink Infinity Net and Richter’s Abstract Painting (679-2) will lead the evening sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art autumn series on September and October 1.  Apart from a series of works by Kusama Yayoi and a dedicated section for Chinese contemporary artists born in the 1970’s there will be a themed sale for the Japanese post-war artist, Morita Shiryu and a selection of western contemporary art.

    Kusama Yayoi, Untitled, 1972 |(US$4.1-5.8 million)

    Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (679-2), 1988. (US£4.1-6.2 million)