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    ORIGINAL COPY OF THE IRISH PROCLAMATION AT MATTHEWS

    Friday, November 26th, 2021
    An original copy of the Irish Proclamation

    An original copy of the Proclamation of Independence comes up as lot 937 at Matthews sale of a single owner collection on the evening of November 30. This rare survivor – the most important document in the history of the Irish Nation – was issued by the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army and read by Padraig Pearse from the steps of the GPO on O Connell Street, Dublin on Easter Monday 1916. This copy was last sold at Adams in Dublin in 2006. It is estimated at 120,000-€180,000.

    TURRET CLOCK FROM CAPPOQUIN AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Thursday, November 25th, 2021

    A dispute over ownership has led to the withdrawal of the works for Youghal’s Clock Gate Tower from the sale by Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill on November 27. Auctioneer Denis Lynes has now sourced another historic clock instead. On offer are the clockworks for a turret clock made by James Mosley in Waterford. It was originally in the tower of St. Anne’s Church in Cappoquin. It comes up with an estimate of 1,500-2,000.

    SHINNORS AT DOLAN’S TIMED ART AND ANTIQUE SALE

    Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021
    John Shinnors – Girl and White Umbrella

    Girl and White Umbrella by John Shinnors is lot 56 at Dolan’s November online auction which runs until the evening of November 29. It is estimated at 4,000-6,000. The sale features art by Sean Keating, Sir William Orpen, Kenneth Webb, Mat Grogan, John Morris and many other artists. There is a selection of fine Irish whiskeys as well as antique furniture and collectibles among 252 lots on offer. The catalogue is online.

    MILITARY DESPATCH FROM MICHAEL COLLINS AT MATHEWS

    Monday, November 22nd, 2021

    A military despatch from Michael Collins written on August 19, 1922 comes up as lot 838 at Matthews single owner collection sale on November 30. Just three days later, on August 22, 1922, the Irish revolutionary Commander in Chief was shot dead at Beal na Blath in Co. Cork. Matthews believe this military despatch to be his last written words. From the collection of the late Donall O Morain, former chief executive of Gael Linn and chairman of the RTE Authority It is estimated at €7,000-€12,000. It had been given to him by his uncle Finian Lynch, who served as an assistant secretary to the Treaty Delegation with Michael Collins in London and was Minister for Education in the First Dail. Lot 937 is an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation and is estimated at €120,000-€180,000.

    The Military Despatch signed by Michael Collins

    CORK SILVER, COMICS, COLLECTIBLES AND FURNITURE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Monday, November 22nd, 2021
    A Cork silver tablespoon by Isaac Solomon

    More than 400 lots will come under the hammer at the Lynes and Lynes online sale in Carrigtwohill on November 27. The silver section includes a Cork silver tablespoon by Isaac Solomon, a Georgian silver ladle by Richard Sawyer, Dublin and a heavy tray by William Egan of Cork. Victorian pieces include a three door Victorian secretaire, an antique couch and an oak and brass hall stand.  A pair of early 19th century porcelain plaques stamped Franz Xaver Thallmaier of Munich have an estimate of €2,000-€3,000.  There is a Hornby train collection and comics from the 1950’s include The Dandy, The Beano, The Rover and The Eagle.  More than 30 lots of books includes Evelyn Bolster’s History of Cork in four volumes and correspondence between Eamon de Valera and Jenny Dowdall of Cork. There will be interest too in a heavy cast iron water trough, a pair of old iron gates and an early plough by Pierce of Wexford. The catalogue is online.

    PRE-OWNED FASHION ONLINE AT SEAN EACRETT SALE

    Monday, November 22nd, 2021

    Valentino, Givenchy, Dior, Philip Treacy and Stella McCartney are among the designers featured at a pre-owned fashion auction by Laois auctioneer Sean Eacrett on November 27. Over the past three years pre-owned fashion sales have grown 21 times faster than retail fashion. Sean Eacrett plans to make this sale a twice yearly event. The sale gets underway online at 10 a.m. on November 27 and there are 712 lots on the catalogue.

    Lot 70 is a special pairing of Jimmy Choo nude leather shoes and clutch bag,

    FINE ASIAN ART AT ADAMS IN DUBLIN

    Saturday, November 20th, 2021

    This portrait of a young lady with a blue scarf is the catalogue cover lot for the James Adam sale of Fine Asian Art in Dublin next Tuesday (November 23). It is by Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000) who graduated from the fine arts school of Hanoi in 1931, in which year he participated in the Paris International Exhibition. He settled in France where he was mostly known for his sculpture. Influenced by Fauvism and the Paris School his creations lie on the edges of Asian traditions, particularly Chinese and Vietnamese art.  This c1950 portrait is estimated at €30,000-€50,000. The sale of 440 lots is split into four sections, Arts of China and Himalaya, Arts of Vietnam and South-East Asia, Asian Painters and Arts of Japan and Korea. 

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 47,000 AT HAMMER

    WORLD RECORD FOR ANY BOOK, DOCUMENT, M/S OR TEXT

    Friday, November 19th, 2021

    THIS extremely rare copy of the First Printing of the Final Text of the United States Constitution sold for $43.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York last night. Making more than double the $20 million high estimate it set a world auction record for any book, manuscript, historical document, or printed text. The sale followed an eight minute bidding battle. The underbidder was Constitution DAO, a group of more than 17,000 people from around the world who banded together through social media within the last week to raise money to acquire the document, marking this cryptocurrency effort as the largest crowdfunding initiative ever put together. It is one of just 13 known copies of the official printing produced for the delegates to Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress, and only two copies of the first printing of the Constitution that remains in private hands. Full proceeds from the sale will benefit The Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation, whose mission is to further the understanding of the constitutional principles and how the acts of all citizens can impact our democracy. 

    **The previous world auction record for any printed text was $14,165,000 for the Bay Psalm Book sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2013

    **The previous world auction record for any book and manuscript was $30,802,500 for The Codex Leicester sold at Christie’s in 1994

    **The previous world auction record for any historical document was $21.3 million for the 1297 Magna Carta sold at Sotheby’s in 2007.

    ERIC CLAPTON’S GUITAR AND WHITNEY HOUSTON’S VERSACE JACKET

    Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

    Eric Clapton’s guitar, Kurt Cobain’s handwritten setlists and Whitney Houston’s multi-print Versace jacket are among the star-powered music memorabilia at Julien’s Auctions Icons and Idols live and online sale from the Hard Rock Cafe, New York on November 19 and 20. Clapton’s 1968 Martin D-45 acoustic instrument is reckoned to $300,000 to $500,000. According to Martin Nolan of Julien’s this estimate is probably conservative.

    Nearly 1,000 sensational artefacts and memorabilia owned and used by some of the world’s legendary music artists of all-time including The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Robert Plant, Elvis Presley, Trent Reznor, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, U2, and others will be offered.

    ERIC CLAPTON’S 1968 Martin D-45 Guitar. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $625,000 IN A SALE THAT BROUGHT IN NEARLY $5 MILLION

    THE IRISH NOTES OF A PASSIONATE COLLECTOR AT DNW

    Monday, November 15th, 2021
    Central Bank of Ireland, £20, 6 August 1943, serial number 01X 066040, War Code A, Brennan and McElligott signatures. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £4,200

    This fine and very rare £20 Lady Lavery note from the Central Bank of Ireland with a War Code from 1943 comes up at Dix Noonan Webb in London on November 25 with an estimate of £4,000-£5,000. It is a highlight from the collection of the late Gus Mac Amhlaigh of Dublin.  Most of his collection is Irish and will be auctioned in several parts over the next year. It also contains groups from Scotland and the Isle of Man.  Lots 196 to 334 in the November sale are from his collection. Gus Mac Amhlaigh began collecting banknotes in the early 1970’s. A civil servant he moved from the Department of the Environment to the Custom House Docks Development Authority. He was a key figure in formulating the first masterplan for the Dublin Docklands, primarily focused the International Financial Services Centre. He was responsible for the largest ever regeneration scheme in the history of the State. More than 21,000 people are now employed in the docklands and a further 22,000 people live in the area. He left the Docklands Authority in 1999 and became ceo of the Irish Pension Unit Trust, one of the largest property funds in the country. He worked there until his retirement in 2007 and then joined the board of directors of the commercial estate agents, Bannon Commercial.