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    Friday, July 24th, 2020

    The Wolfe Tone Archive, the Thomas Ashe Archive, 1798 and 1916 Proclamations, 1916 Rising medals and an Irish silver porringer from the Cromwellian Commonwealth period all feature at The Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s in Dublin on July 25 and online only on July 26. The Molesworth St., Dublin auctioneers say that this exciting sale is the most important held in recent years. Memories of the Northern Ireland Troubles include the archive of Loyalist leader William ‘Plum’ Smith.  And there is a unique collection of ephemera related to Count John McCormack. 

    The 1798 Proclamation composed by Wolfe Tone and issued by The General Commanding the French Army Jean Hardy to the People of Ireland has an estimate of €8,000-€12,000.  An  unsigned copy of Tone’s speech from the dock, four pages in his own hand, is estimated at €50,000-€70,000.A copy of The Proclamation, removed from the window of Hyman Marks, Jeweller, 31A Henry St. on April 25, 1916 by J. Brady in good condition though folded and slightly rubbed is estimated at €100,000-€150,000.  There are 1917 letters from Michael Collins to Thomas Ashe, as well as letters from Constance Markievicz and W.T. Cosgrave among a large archive of personal Ashe material.There is a huge and varied collection of material relating to The Easter Rising and the aftermath.  An archive of original letters, photographs and ephemera relating to Count John McCormack carries an estimate of €40,000-€60,000. The first part of the auction is at Freemason’s Hall on Molesworth St.  Part two, a timed online only auction, gets underway at 1 pm on July 26. There are collections of militaria, coins and banknotes. A one owner Irish coin collection has examples ranging from Viking Dublin to Georgian Ireland.

    (See post on for July 9, 2020)

    Wolfe Tone’s speech from the dock on November 10, 1798 in his own hand. UPDATE: THIS MADE 42,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

    TOP lots at de Veres sale of outstanding Irish Art and Sculpture online in Dublin this evening included the following hammer prices: The Street Performer by Jack B. Yeats (184,000); Achill Cottage, Lough Corrib by Pau Henry (116,000); Life Study by Louis le Brocquy (114,000); Head of Francis Bacon by le Brocquy (90,000) and Peonies and Iris in a vase and a bowl of fruit by Roderic O’Conor (78,000). The most expensively estimated lot in the auction, Double Window by Sean Scully (600,000-900,000) failed to sell.

    The auction totalled 1.25 million and 85% of lots were sold.

    Paul Henry RHA, 1877-1958


    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

    Sir Robert Walpole, widely regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain under George I and George II, once owned this c1480 Portrait of a Man holding a Prayer Book by a Burgundian Master. It comes up as Lot 6 at Christie’s Classic Art evening sale, Antiquity to the 20th century, in London on July 29 with an estimate of £400,000-600,000.

    Burgundian Master, circa 1480 Portrait of a man holding a prayer book, bust-length, in a fur-lined coat and cap UPDATE: THIS MADE £1,631,250


    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

    A total of 74 lots of Irish art and sculpture come up at de Veres in Dublin on July 23. Bidding opened on July 13 for an auction which includes major work by leading artists like Sean Scully, Louis le Brocquy and Jack Butler Yeats. There is work from sculptors including Oisin Kelly, Rowan Gillespie, Orla de Bri, Eilis O’Connell and John Behan. Pictured here is The Spanish Fruit Seller by Mary Swanzy, estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    Mary Swanzy – The Spanish Fruit Seller UPDATE: THIS MADE 27,500 AT HAMMER


    Monday, July 20th, 2020

    There was a good start to the six day online Into the Badlands sale by Sean Eacrett Auctions at Killenard in Co. Laois today. More than 6,500 lots of costumes and props from the martial arts drama Into the Badlands – filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray – are going under the hammer. Many lots, such as a large prop of a life size Triceratops, went above estimate. The Triceratops, with an estimate of 300-500, sold for a hammer price of €2,800.

    Large prop of a life size triceratops sold for 2,800 at hammer


    Sunday, July 19th, 2020

    The Garden of Orpheus, Summer (1985) by Tony O’Malley is among the highlights at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current sale of Irish and International Art. The online auction runs to the evening of July 20 between 6.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The catalogue is online.

    TONY O’MALLEY (1913-2003) The Garden of Orpheus (Summer) (1985) (30,000-40,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 60,000 AT HAMMER

    2001: A Space Odyssey Space Suit with Iconic Helmet Sold for $370,000

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020

    AN iconic space suit from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey made  $370,000 over an original estimate of $200,000 at Julien’s Hollywood: Legends and Explorers auction. Over 900 items from Hollywood entertainment film lore to television’s past and present golden ages as well as a collection of some of the most significant and historical Space artefacts went under the hammer. The auction attracted fans and collectors from around the world, bidding on the floor, online and by telephone.

    The suit and helmet are believed to have been worn by Keir Dullea, as mission pilot and scientist Dr. David Bowman, in the memorable faceoff scene with “HAL” in the Academy award winning science fiction masterpiece.

    There were two pilot control sticks from the NASA Apollo 11 flight to the moon. One used by Neil Armstrong sold for $370,000, over three times its original estimat, the other used by Buzz Aldrin sold for $256,000. A complete original tool kit flown on Apollo 17 during the last mission to the moon made $102,400, well over its estimate of $20,000. An Apollo era spacesuit glove designed for Armstrong made $76,800, over seven times its original estimate of $10,000.

    2001: A Space Odyssey Space Suit


    Sunday, July 19th, 2020

    If your taste runs to the quirky and unusual the sale for you is about to kick off in Co. Laois.  More than 6,500 lots of costumes and props from the martial arts drama Into the Badlands – filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray – are to be sold in a six day auction online and at The Heritage, Killenard starting at 10 am on July 20. The series depicted a feudal society and design influences are steampunk, retrofuturistic and Asian. Starring Daniel Wu and Orla Brady it was an international hit with over a million viewers per episode over three series. Fans globally will be sharpening their swords and getting ready to enter the fight for memorabilia including working vintage cars – a Daimler, an Ambassador Nash and a Citroen –  hundreds of items of period furniture, costumes, antiques, two motorbikes and all sorts of ephemera.  The catalogue is online at Sean Eacrett auctioneers and the auction will be live on The Saleroom, Easy Live Auctions and Live Auctioneers.  When Sean Eacrett offered the props from the TV series Penny Dreadful in 2016 it was a complete sell out and he expects the same again. 

    Vintage cars from the Into the Badlands. UPDATE: THESE CARS SOLD, LEFT TO RIGHT, FOR HAMMER PRICES OF 2,000, 2,300 AND 3,600


    Saturday, July 18th, 2020

    When playwright George Bernard Shaw left one third of his posthumous royalties to the National Gallery no one could have guessed that it would amount to one of the largest ever gifts to the arts in Ireland.  With the production of My Fair Lady based on his play Pygmalion, a Broadway success in 1956 and a popular film in 1964, these royalties hugely increased.  The Gallery received its first Shaw bequest royalties in 1957 of £10,000 and by the end of 1959 over €240,000 had been received.  The first purchases were made in 1959. The Shaw bequest, which ends this year, has enabled the acquisition of masterpieces such as The Terrace, Saint-Tropez by Paul Signac; Landscape with Flight of Stairs by Chaïm Soutine; Venice, Queen of the Adriatic by Domenico Tintoretto; Julie Bonaparte as Queen of Spain by Baron François Gérard; El Sueño by Francisco de Goya; and An Interior with Members of a Family, attributed to Strickland Lowry. Shaw, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, spent many hours in the gallery as a child and called it the place to which he owed:  “much of the only real education I ever got as a boy in Eire.”  A special display entitled Shaw and the Gallery: A Priceless Education  runs at the National Gallery of Ireland to April 4, 2021.

    John Collier (1850-1934) – Portrait of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) © National Gallery of Ireland.


    Friday, July 17th, 2020

    An expanded, hybrid Classic Week runs at Christie’s, London, this July. Art from antiquity to the 21st century will come under the hammer through eight online-only auctions and four live auctions, including several private collections. The series culminates on July 29 with an innovative new Classic Art evening sale, combining exceptional Old Master paintings, drawings, sculpture, books, furniture and objects.

    Master of François de Rohan (c.1525–1546)
    The Prayerbook of Mary Queen of Scots, use of Fontevraud, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1535–1540 (after 1534)]. (£250,000–350,000)
    Classic Art Evening Sale: Antiquity to 20th Century July 29. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £311,250