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    Thursday, July 30th, 2020

    THE summer art and collectibles sales by Dolan’s at Ballyconneely in Connemara on August 3 and 4 are now on view, and the auctions will be online only at 12.30 p.m. on each day. There is a range of Irish art, including various treatments of the landscapes of the west of Ireland, included among work by established and emerging artists.

    A day on the beach by John Morris. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, July 26th, 2020

    More than 300 lots including a Georgian solid oak Welsh dresser will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s online sale in Bandon at 6 pm on July 28.  The Georgian dresser, with open shelves and six small drawers, is estimated at €2,600-€2,800; a 19th century Irish oak and mahogany inlaid dresser has an estimate of €700-€1,000. Other prime furniture pieces include a c1790 satinwood card table with canted corners (€800-€1,000), an early 19th century simulated rosewood chaise longue (€1,400-€1,600) and a Georgian Chinoiserie corner cabinet (€2,500-€3,500).  An 18 carat white gold ring with fancy yellow pear shaped diamond surrounded by two rows of brilliant cut diamonds is estimated at €2,300-€2,600, a hand knotted Tabriz rug has an estimate of €1,400-€1,500 and a set of silver condiment containers is estimated at €50-€100.

    Georgian solid oak Welsh dresser. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, July 26th, 2020

    From 1960’s Italian armchairs and a chaise longue designed by Le Corbusier to the art of Bridget Riley, John Doherty and Callum Innes the Mid Century Modern sale at Adams in Dublin at 2 pm on July 28 represents modernity in all its glorious diversity. The catalogue will undoubtedly appeal to well heeled younger collectors who still tend to turn their backs on the glories of previous ages, more is the pity.  The rewards of a keen appreciation for art, craft, skill, creativity and design span every era and can eclipse the angst of this one.  If lockdown has highlighted a necessity for change in your domestic environment this sale offers a chance to pick up a conversation piece, brighten up a dull corner and generally ease the pain of a pandemic that is not going away.

    Would a c1960 Italian sideboard by Dassi (€2,000-€3,000) offer both form and function to suit you? An appealing set of six c1940 dining chairs in the manner of Louis Majorelle (€1,000-€1,500) would look good anywhere and could be set off to great effect with Pink Dawn by Felim Egan (€4,000-€6,000).  A rosewood swivel chair by Ico Parisi for Mim (€600-€800) would definitely draw the eye at a zoom meeting in your home office.The most expensively estimated lots in the sale are all artworks, headed by Untitled No. 76 (2010) by Callum Innes (€15,000-€20,000). The most expensive  furniture lots are a pair of upholstered lounge chairs and a pair of glass topped tables both by Ico Parisi and estimated at €4,000-€6,000.The sale offers Murano glass, a black lacquered console table, ceiling lights, floor lights, wall lights and lamps, Eames chairs, tables, drinks trolleys and lockers in a variety of styles and designs. 

    Bridget Riley – Echo (screenprint). UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, July 25th, 2020

    A copy of the Irish Procalamation from 1916 sold for a hammer price of 190,000 at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin today. It was taken from Marks jewellers shop opposite the GPO in Dublin on April 25, 1916.

    John O’Connor in The Story of the 1916 Proclamation, Abbey Press, Dublin 1986 stated that there were 17 examples extant, of which at least six were in public institutions such as Dáil Éireann, The National Museum and University College Dublin. Two also exist in British Government archives and there is one in the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace. Since 1986 about fifteen others have come to light from the original printing of less than 500. Most were destroyed during – or shortly after – the Rising. 


    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


    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

    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


    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


    Monday, July 13th, 2020

    A selection of marine items such as a vintage sextant, a brass ships clock and a mariners compass will come up at the online only sale at Woodwards in Cork on July 18. Estimates for antique furniture like a Georgian Irish sideboard (€400-€600), a Victorian davenport (€300-€500) and a Georgian longcase clock (€200-€400) are low. The sale is online at Easy Live Auctions.

    Walker’s Excelsior ships log. UPDATE: THIS MADE 190 AT HAMMER