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    SAY IT LOUD AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Sunday, August 9th, 2020

    Say it Loud spotlights 22 exceptional emerging and mid career contemporary Black artists around the world. The online virtual exhibition presented by Christie’s in New York until August 18 takes its title from the iconic James Brown song “Say it Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud” .  It is the first in a series of exhibitions and educational programming by Christie’s CSR Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Each of the artists uses their medium as a guiding force to construct images of identity, and to showcase the vulnerability of identity.  The artist Josh Paige, born in Brooklyn in 1990, does this conspicuously with Target Practice (1), a digital print made this year.  The arresting image shown here is from an edition of five and it is available via Christie’s for $500.

    IRISH WHISKEY RARITY AT CO. CAVAN AUCTION

    Saturday, August 8th, 2020

    A rare bottle of George Roe Irish whiskey comes up at a one day sale online of Irish pub memorabilia in Co. Cavan on August 12.   The Irish single malt comes from the George Roe distillery at Thomas St. in Dublin which closed in 1923.  It took some years to wind it up and this 16 year old release is believed to have been produced in the 1930’s for export to the US. It is estimated at €6,000-€12,000.The sale by Victor Mee Auctions of Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co. Cavan will feature several different categories of collectibles. A 1940’s Shell petrol pump glass globe is estimated at €400-€600 and the sale features an original Shell motor spirit advertising mirror and a Duckhams 20-50 oil barometer advertisement.   Another rarity is an advertising mirror from Persse’s Nun’s Island Distillery in Galway which operated until around 1908.  This too is estimated at €6,000-€12,000.

    George Roe single malt Irish whiskey

    LALIQUE STATUETTE AT BONHAMS

    Friday, August 7th, 2020

    This Lalique Thais statuette comes up at Bonhams sale of Decorative Art and Design in Knightsbridge, London on August 11. Gemma Sanders, head of 20th century decorative art and design at Bonhams describes it as one of the best pieces of Thais she has seen. The pre war Rene Lalique Thais statuette, introduced in 1925, is estimated at £18,000-22,000.

    WORKS ON PAPER ONLINE AT JAMES ADAM DUBLIN

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020

    Baigneuse Assise, a soft ground etching by Pierre Renoir, comes up at the James Adam online Works on Paper sale which runs until August 10. From an edition of 1,000 a complete with the artist’s stamped signature, it is estimated at 800-1,200. The sale of 435 lots includes old Irish maps, engraved views and etchings, handcoloured Cuala Press prints, art, various documents, photographs and books.

    Pierre Auguste Renoir – Baigneuse Assise

    SHIP’S CHAIRS AT SOTHEBY’S DINING IN ONLINE SALE

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020

    THIS early 20th century set of eight ship’s ash and beech folding chairs come up at Sotheby’s online Dining In auction which runs to August 12. Some legs are branded PSN which almost certainly relates to the Pacific Steam Navigation Company which provided a passenger and mail service between Liverpool and Argentina from 1877 to 1920. With later striped canvas seats they are estimated at £2,500-3,500.

    BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S FOR £377,000

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

    Truman Capote’s final typescript for Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for £377,000 at Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts sale in London on August 4. It was covered in handwritten edits including the last minute change to his protagonist’s name to Holly Golightly. Until the very final draft Holly was known throughout as Connie Gustafson. This typescript was submitted to Random House, who published all of Capote’s major works, in May 1958, just before Capote departed for a sojourn in Greece. It had been estimated at £120,000-180,000.

    YEAR TO DATE SALES AT SOTHEBY’S REACH $2.5 BILLION

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

    Online auctions at Sotheby’s, where year to day sales in 2020 have reached $2.5 billion, have already exceeded $285 million. This is driven by innovation and adaptation in time of pandemic. Sotheby’s report more than 30% new bidders across all sales and that more than 30% of all bidders and buyers are under 40. Nearly 20% of new bidders and buyers are from Asia.

    Private sales have totalled $575 million and live summer auctions in June and July achieved $1.2 billion.

    The way we live now – Sotheby’s Oliver Barker at the podium during the live streamed Rembrandt to Richter sale.

    THE MOST EXPENSIVE SNEAKERS IN THE WORLD?

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

     Regarded by some as the ultimate sporting collectible, Michael Jordans game worn sneakers are on offer at Christie’s until August 13.  With a total of 11 lots this landmark online sale offers the most comprehensive sneaker record of Michael Jordans era defining Chicago Bulls career.  Beginning in 1985 with the release of the Air Jordan 1, Nike’s Jordan Brand has been at the forefront of a pop-culture movement that has spanned the globe. Michael Jordan and his signature line of footwear are the foundational pillars of modern basketball and the worldwide phenomenon of sneaker collecting. A portion of the proceeds from one lot is designated to the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People legal defence fund which seeks to eliminate disparities and achieve racial justice.  Pictured here is the top lot, the Air Jordan 1 High Shattered Backboard signed sneaker from 1985, estimated at $650,000-$850,000.

    TWO DAY SUMMER SALE IN CONNEMARA

    Saturday, August 1st, 2020

    Art, antique furniture, collectibles and toys will all come under the hammer at Dolan’s two day summer auction in Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday and on August 4.  Art on offer ranges from contemporary work by John Shinnors to some Connemara scenes by Kenneth Webb.  There is a wide range of both established and emerging artists and no shortage of landscapes from the hugely scenic area around Ballyconneely like a watercolour entitled Market Day, Roundstone by Lady Kate Dobbin.

    This annual summer event in Connemara has a big local following and always attracts plenty of the visitors from around the country who holiday here. Among the 310 lots on offer on Monday is a Victorian writing table by the London firm of Howard and Sons in Oregon pine.  This company specialised in bespoke furniture and this piece comes complete with an inbuilt leather foot rest. Curiosities include a mahogany Victorian penny slot machine from a 19th century pub and there is a Chipperfields Circus model set by Corgi and an early 20th century rocking horse.One of the more expensively estimated lots, at €10,000-€14,000, is The Sparrow, a 1984 oil on canvas laid on board by the renowned Limerick artist John Shinnors.  There is a bronze by John Behan entitled Launching the Currach. An earlier treatment of the local area is Carraroe, Connemara by Charles Lamb.  There is work by well known artists like Sean Keating, Markey Robinson, George Campbell, Maurice MacGonigal, Robert Egginton, Norman Teeling, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson and Mark O’Neill.  

    The Sparrow by John Shinnors. UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER