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    ICONIC VAN HALEN GUITARS AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Monday, October 19th, 2020

    Two of Eddie Van Halen’s most iconic guitars will be sold at Julien’s Auctions Icons and Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘n’Roll live and online auction in Beverly Hills on December 4 and 5. “As we were preparing for our annual Icons & Idols: Rock and Roll auction lineup, we were stunned to hear the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing last week,” Darren Julien said. “We are honoured to include at this event two iconic guitars from his brilliant and blazing career as one of rock’s greatest and most gifted guitar heroes”.

    On offer is Eddie van Halen’s 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar with maple neck and fingerboard, Fender Stratocaster-style headstock numbered on the back #54, in the unique white and black abstract design in the style of his 1978 Van Halen I guitar. Also scheduled to come under the hammer is his customised electric guitar serial number F 0024. It was built by Van Halen with his guitar tech Matt Bruck at the guitarist’s 5150 home studio. Featuring a red body with white and black stripes designed and applied by Van Halen, the guitar has a maple neck and fingerboard with dot inlays and pointed Kramer headstock.

    The all-star lineup sale includes artefacts and memorabilia owned by some of the greates artists including Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Aerosmith and more. 

    Eddie Van Halen’s 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $140,800. In total Van Halen’s guitars made $420,055

    CLASSIC DESIGN FURNITURE AND IRISH ART

    Monday, October 19th, 2020

    Classic design furniture and Irish art will come under the hammer at de Veres evening sale in Dublin on October 20.  There are sideboards, cocktail tables, sofas, dining chairs, coffee tables, lighting and easy chairs, mirrors and sculpture among the 200 lots in this online auction. Italian and Danish makers feature alongside art by Tony O’Malley, Barbara Warren, Hughie O’Donoghue, Felim Egan, Peter Curling and John Shinnors.

    1960’s Danish rosewood sideboard. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER OVER A TOP ESTIMATE OF 2,000

    A ROTHKO AT SOTHEBY’S IN NEW YORK

    Sunday, October 18th, 2020

    Untitled (Black on Maroon) by Mark Rothko will highlight Sotheby’s Contemporary evening art auction in New York on October 28. It dates to 1958 and preempts the artists celebrated Seagram Building Murals. These are now at the Tate in London. The sale will feature masterpieces by Clyfford Still and Brice Marden from the Baltimore Museum of Art.

    MARK ROTHKO | UNTITLED (BLACK ON MAROON)

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT WHYTE’S ONLINE SALE

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020

    A Sunny Day, Connemara will highlight Whyte’s online sale of important Irish and International art in Dublin on October 19. It is estimated at €150,000-€200,000. The auction features artists like Roderic O’Conor, William Orpen, William Leech, Mary Swanzy, Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness, Maurice MacGonigal, Francis Bacon, Gerard Dillon, Dan O’Neill, Louis le Brocquy, Tony O’Malley, Camille Souter and Donald Teskey.  Due to the current restrictions it will be a virtual sale from Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth St., Dublin at 6 pm with absentee, telephone and online bidders but no public attendance. Viewing by appointment continues at Whyte’s today, tomorrow and Monday.  The sale will be broadcast live on bid.whytes.ie and invaluable.com

    A Sunny Day, Connemara by Paul Henry UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €420,000 AT HAMMER

    VIRTUAL ANTIQUE FAIR THIS WEEKEND

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020

    A virtual event organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs is taking place this weekend. More than 700 items including jewellery, furniture, collectibles and art from a variety of dealers are available online. To attend just click on the link https://hibernianantiquescom.wordpress.com/virtual-fair-2/

    Erriff River, Connemara by Eileen Meagher

    TIMED ONLINE AUCTION AT HEGARTY’S OF BANDON

    Friday, October 16th, 2020

    The catalogue for Hegarty’s timed online auction which runs until October 18 has gone online. Around 310 lots of jewellery, art, antique furniture and collectibles are on offer. The sale is taking place using Hegarty’s bidding platform https://live.hegartyantiques.com/

    ART DECO STYLE 18CT WHITE GOLD PERIDOT & DIAMOND RING
     

    PIONEERING IRISH BORN ARTIST EXCEEDS ALL BONHAMS EXPECTATIONS

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020

    Works by the pioneering Irish born artist Phoebe Anna Traquair far exceeded expectations to sell for a total of £109,479 at Bonhams Scottish sale in Edinburgh on October 14. Reverie sold for £21,313 having been estimated at £1,000-1,500; and Portrait of a Girl sold for £20,063 against an estimate of £1,000-1,500.

    Bonhams Picture Specialist in Edinburgh, May Matthews, said: “Phoebe Anna Traquair holds a unique place in the history of Scottish culture. She was the first major woman artist in modern Scotland, and, in 1920, became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy. Traquair’s work rarely comes up at auction, and collectors responded enthusiastically to the chance to acquire one of these beautiful works.”

    The Scottish Sale made a total of £689,376.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 30, 2020)

    Reverie by Phoebe Anna Traquair sold for £21,313 

    NEW WORLD LITERATURE AUCTION RECORD FOR SHAKESPEARE

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

    Shakespeare’s First Folio sold for $9,978,000 at Christie’s in New York today. This established a new world auction record for any work of literature. The First Folio was included in ‘The Exceptional Sale’ and exceeded its estimate of $4,000,000-6,000,000. Bringing together for the first time the collected plays of Shakespeare it ranks as the greatest work of the English language and world literature. Already celebrated on its first publication in 1623, it has remained a highly sought-after masterpiece over four centuries.  Only six complete copies are known in private hands.

    After six minutes of bidding between two other phone bidders, the First Folio was bought via phone bid by Stephan Loewentheil, who commented: “William Shakespeare is incomparably the greatest writer in the English language and one of most important international cultural influencers in all history. The First Folio is the most important collection of plays ever published and revered throughout the world. It is an honor to purchase one of only a handful of complete copies of this epochal volume. It will ultimately serve as a centerpiece of a great collection of intellectual achievements of man. We at the 19th-Century Rare Book and Photograph Shop are pleased you have worked through Christie’s to obtain this wonderful treasure”.

    IRISH DESIGNER AT SOTHEBY’S NY JEWELS SALE

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

    A damask rose ring by Claremorris based goldsmith and jewellery designer Nigel O’Reilly will feature at Sotheby’s sale of Important Jewels in New York on October 22. Designed as a flower it centres on a a pear-shaped diamond weighing 0.54 carat. There is a makers mark for Nigel O’Reilly and Irish hallmarks. A garnet ring by the same maker also features in the sale. He is the first Irish high jewellery master to have work featured at a Sotheby’s Important Jewels sale in New York.

    Nigel O’Reilly – Damask rose ring. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $22,500

    COUNTRY HOUSE COLLECTIONS SALE CONTINUES TODAY

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

    This Lalique opalescent Laurier vase sold for 750 at the James Adam Country House Collections timed online auction on October 12. The sale continues today.