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    RELICS OF THE COLD WAR HIT AUCTION BLOCK AT JULIEN’S

    Monday, October 26th, 2020

    More than 400 artefacts used by American astronauts, Cuban revolutionaries and Soviet spies will come under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood next year. The Cold War Relics Auction on February 13, 2021 will feature the entire collection from the KGB Espionage Museum in New York City. Lots on offer include clandestine operative cameras, counter-intelligence detectors, morse code machines, airplane radars, voice recorders and official government documents. Highlights include a gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick ($800-$1,200), a secret hotel-room listening device or “bug” from 1964 ($300-$500); a Soviet version of the Enigma code cipher machine known as the Fialka ($8,000-$12,000) and a replica of the deadly syringe umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov on a London street in 1978 ($2,000-$3,000).

    This collection was procured by historian, collector and museum curator, Julius Urbaitis, who worked as the consultant for the 2019 Emmy and Golden Globe award winning HBO series, Chernobyl.

    A gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick

    TWO DAY ONLINE SALE BY VICTOR MEE

    Monday, October 26th, 2020

    The Palace Collection is the title of a two day online only sale by the Co. Cavan auctioneer Victor Mee on October 28 and 29.   Lot 642 is a 17th century North Italian coffer on stand from Waterford Castle, lot 330 is a French giltwood and gesso side table with marble top. There is a collection of books by John Millington Synge from the Synge family home and an Irish mahogany coffer once owned by the Synge family.  Lot 772 is a 19th century revenue officials probing tool in a leather case. This was designed to find illicit poitin in haystacks.

    North Italian coffer

    IRELAND V NAZI GERMANY AT DALYMOUNT PARK IN 1936

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020

    IN an era of fake news and false cures it is well to be reminded that perspectives change and judgement is fairest when not delivered with 20:20 hindsight. One lot at Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet sale in Laurel Park, Bray on October 31 pairs the Swastika decorated Nazi German flag with the Irish tricolour and recalls a day of straight arm salutes at Dalymount Park in Dublin in 1936. Hitler had been Chancellor for three years, Germany had already violated the Treaty of Versailles, a concentration camp had just opened near Berlin.  But Auschwitz, Belsen and the attempted implementation of Final Solution were all in the future, German finances were strong, Berlin had hosted the Olympic Games. When Ireland defeated Germany by five goals to two at Dalymount Park the Nazi party was popular and there was little inkling of the darkness soon to descend on Europe and the world.  The visitors were feted.

    Mullens auction includes the collection of Christy Rooney from The Liberties, a lifelong Manchester United and Ireland supporter. Nearly 4,000 programmes will be offered in 64 lots with estimates from €60-€700. Among them is one of the most sought after Irish programmes, the Ireland v Germany match of 1936.  Lot 471 is estimated at €600-€800.  A 1986 facsimile of the Book of Kells is estimated at €5,000-€7,000.  Lot 455 is the Broadcast Favourite gold medal awarded to Count John McCormack by the American Radio Exposition Company in 1925. This  is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.  There are 1916 Rising and Irish War of Independence medals, books including an 1849 post office directory and calendar, militaria including swords and percussion pistols, and a large selection of collectible items including film posters.  There is an added poignancy to lot 448, the 1964 Goldfinger poster as Margaret Nolan, the actress whose gold painted body featured in the film, has just died of cancer aged 76 and Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore, died earlier this year.

    IB JORGENSEN SALE AT ADAMS IN DUBLIN TODAY

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

    This 18th century French faience shaped oval tureen from Marseille is at the James Adam sale of the Ib Jorgensen collection in Dublin today. The lid has a twig and fruit handle and it is estimated at 1,000-1,500. A total of 126 lots or art, furniture, silver and collectibles will come under the hammer at the auction this afternoon. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    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

    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

    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
     

    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.