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    ROCKET LAUNCHER ANYONE? WHYTE’S SALE THROWS UP RANGE OF COLLECTIBLES

    Monday, April 1st, 2019

    A 1953 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winners medal, a 20 pence piece from 1985 20 valued at 5,000-6,000, an archive of 25 lots from Mount Cashell and a rocket launcher from the Northern Ireland conflict are among the rich selection on offer at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on April 6.Defending champions Cork, captained by Christy Ring, retained their All-Ireland crown in 1953 with a 3-3 to 0-8 win over Galway.  A nine carat gold medal from that final is estimated at 4,000-6,000.The sale of the RPG-7 rocket launcher is not without controversy.  The catalogue says it was used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles. Bulgarian made it was decommissioned in Birmingham in 2013 and is being sold with two inert rocket propelled grenades, an inert booster rocket and accessories.  From a Republican collector the lot is estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    More constitutional politics is represented in the sale in lots like a 1966 Presidential Election Fine Gael Poster for defeated candidate Tom O’Higgins and 1973 and 1989 general election posters. The old 20 pence coin is what is known as a trial piece issued in advance of production to various companies to facilitate the calibration of vending machines and coin operated devices.  Less than 50 of the 500 issued by the Central Bank were not returned and about 10 examples have been recorded to date in private hands.  This makes the 20 pence piece one of the rarest of modern Irish coins, even rarer than the 1943 florin.  An old Lady Lavery £20 wartime bank note from 1943 is estimated at 5,000-6,000. The Mount Cashell Archive consists of 18 lots ranging from the 1692-1711 records of the town of Clonmel to the diaries of Stephen Moore, 3rd Earl of Mount Cashell (1792-1883)  Tipperary estate map including tenants names to an 1893-1943 photograph album of the Coshmore and Coshbride hounds, Ballynatray, Co. Waterford and photograph albums of the Moore, More Smyth and Holroyd Smyth families. A Victorian Royal County of Limerick militia officer’s shako (military hat)  with white metal plate is estimated at 1,500-2,000. The sale includes historical documents and artefacts, militaria, coins, banknotes, rare books, early maps, antiques and curios, rock and pop collectibies and advertising and sporting memorabilia among more than 600 lots.

    UPDATE: The rocket launcher sold for a hammer price of 10,000, the diaries of Stephen Moore (1792-1883), 3rd Earl of Mount Cashell made 8,000, an Easter Rising and War if Indeoendence medal awarded to Herbert Conroy made 6,200, a Howth mauser rifle and converted bayonet made 10,500, the rare trial 20 pence piece made 5,400, a 1682 gold five guineas sold for 6,600, a Lady Lavery war code £20 note made 10,500, an 1871 Howth Mauser rifle and converted gras bayonet made 10,500 and the 1953 All Ireland winners Cork medal made 6,500.

    A Limerick shako or military hat UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,800 AT HAMMER
    1953 All Ireland senior hurling medal UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,500 AT HAMMER

    THE RAREST BEATLES RECORD IN THE WORLD AT JULIEN’S SALE

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019

    The rarest Beatles record in the world features at Julien’s Auctions music icons sale in Liverpool on May 9. John Lennon’s signed album “Yesterday And Today” (1966), a U.S. First State Butcher prototype stereo example will highlight the auction. Displayed on the wall of his Dakota apartment in New York until he had an assistant take it down and deliver it to the Record Plant where he signed it in blue ink: “To Dave from/ John Lennon/ Dec 7th 71.” it is considered the rarest Beatles record in the world.
    The recipient was Dave Morrell, a Beatles fan and bootleg collector. “The Butcher” was given in essentially a trade for a reel-to-reel tape of Morrell’s Yellow Matter Custard bootleg that Lennon desired. Lennon filled the blank back of the cover with a drawing depicting a man holding a shovel with his dog in front of a setting sun. The cover also includes autographs by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, which Morrell obtained later. This is believed to be the only First State Butcher album bearing three Beatles signatures and is estimated at $160,000-$180,000.

    The venue for the live and online sale is The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. Other top lots include a Beatles signed baseball from their final US concert and John Lennon’s signed guitar strap.

    Julien’s Auctions will partner once again with The Beatles Story to bring their Beatles and Merseybeat “Memorabilia Day” back home to Liverpool on Friday, May 10 for a Beatlemania event. Fans and collectors are invited to bring in their Beatles memorabilia to have appraised by the experts for free at The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe on the Royal Albert Dock.

    NEW RECORD OF £1.1 MILLION FOR ANY ITEM SOLD ONLINE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

    There was a new record for any item sold in an online only auction at Sotheby’s when Friedrich von Hayek’s Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science Prize medal made £1.1 million. It led a white glove online only auction of 27 lots from von Hayek’s personal collection. More than 1,000 bids were placed on the 27 lots.

    Elsewhere in the sale, von Hayek’s personal underlined and annotated copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, estimated at £3,000-5,000, sold for £150,000. The Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to von Hayek by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, estimated at £10,000-15,000, reached £112,500.

    The auction brought in £2.04 million, quadruple the pre -sale estimate.

    See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 3, 2019.

    The Nobel Prize awarded for Economic Science in 1974

    The previous benchmark for the most valuable item ever sold in a Sotheby’s online-only sale was $800,000, achieved the only complete archive of Supreme skate decks ain private hands which sold to Vancouver Collector Carson Guo in January 2019.

    LORD EDWARD’S LETTER AT BONHAMS

    Sunday, March 17th, 2019

    A letter from Lord Edward FitzGerald to his sister Lucy dated December 31, 1796, reporting that a fleet from the First French Republic had left the coast comes up at Bonhams sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts in London on March 27.  The fleet had left Brest that November with 15,000 soldiers, aiming to land at Bantry Bay and assist the planned rising of the United Irishmen under the command of FitzGerald.Atrocious weather prevented a French landing and the fleet limped back to port in January.  The letter is guarded as the family avoided overt political commentary for their own protection. It is estimated at 700-900. A first edition of Edward Morgan’s journal of the movement of the French Fleet in Bantry Bay, inscribed to Lord Bantry, is estimated at 2,300-3,500.

    LORD EDWARD’S LETTER UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £2,295
    Edward Morgan’s account of the French Fleet movements in Bantry Bay inscribed to Lord Bantry UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £2,550

    ART, ANTIQUES AND BOOKS AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Sunday, March 17th, 2019

    Oil paintings and antique furniture from a Georgian residence in Kinsale will form the bulk of lots at the Lynes and Lynes auction in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork next Saturday (March 23).  The executors sale of contents from DeCourcey House at Scilly  will feature books of Cork interest including Somerville and Ross first editions and two lots from the White Star liner RMS Celtic which ran aground in Cork Harbour in 1928. Lot 100 is a large 17th century portrait in the manner of Sir Anthony van Dyck (10,000-15,000).  There is a battle scene in the manner of Paul de Vos (Flemish 1595-1678) (1,500-3,000) and an oval military portrait. An Irish 19th century rent table  in the style of Williams and Gibton is estimated at ,500-2,000.  Other furniture includes an Irish early 19th century gothic style bookcase (600-1,000), a set of 12 Cork 11-bar dining chairs (3,000-4,000) and an arched gilt 19th century overmantle mirror with twin side columns (2,000-3,000). Books include Adventures Amidst The Equatorial Forests and Rivers of South America and In the West Indies And the Wilds of Florida by Villiers Stuart of Dromana on the River Blackwater. Sketches in India taken at Hyderabad and Secunderabad by Captan Allan N. Scott comes with 101 photographs and Geology Familiarly Illustrated by CMW from 1859 contains 31 hand coloured lithograph scenes. Two ships chairs on metal bases from the RMS Celtic are estimated at 200-300 and a ships library table is estimated at 200-300. A cased model of a Stena Line ferry is estimated at 1,500-2,000.  The silver on offer includes a George III fox head stirrup cup, London 1802 (2,000-3,000). Among the books is a long run of Capuchin annuals including the year 1966.

    CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FROM TIBOR COLLECTION

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    One of the most significant collections of Chinese export porcelain in the world, the Tibor Collection, will come up in a sales series at Christie’s this year.  It begins with a single owner sale on April 10 in New York and continues with top pieces in The Exceptional Sale in New York, London and Paris.  Comprising more than 500 pieces the collection – which ranges from late Ming blue and white to 18th century armorial and European subject wares – is expected to exceed $6 million.

    A RARE PAIR OF SOUP TUREENS, COVERS AND STANDS
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795) ($100,000-150,000)
    A PAIR OF HISPANIC MARKET VERTE-IMARI JARS AND COVERS
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722) ($80,000-120,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS THE TOP LOT OF THE SINGLE OWNER SALE AND MADE $106,250

    CHINESE WORKS OF ART AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    A themed sale dedicated to the Tianminlou Collection will highlight the Chinese Works of Art Spring Sale series at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on April 3. Sotheby’s Asia chairman Nicholas Chow said: “We are honoured to be entrusted with a fine selection of the Hong Kong-based Tianminlou collection, which boasts one of the best private blue and white porcelain assemblages in the world. The dedicated sale consists of a carefully selected group of eighteen pieces of Ming and Qing porcelains and is the first time treasures from the collection are offered in the market.” 

    Other sales include Scholarly and Imperial works of art from a distinguished collection, predominantly from the late Ming to the Qianlong period. The Robert Younghman Collection of Chinese Jade II, Fine Imperial Porcelain from a private collection and Important Chinese Art. Here is a small selection:

    BLUE AND WHITE ‘LOTUS’ BASIN 
    MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
    ARGE YELLOW JADE ANIMAL-SHAPED PLAQUE EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY

    BROADLY BASED HOUSE CONTENTS AUCTION IN BIRR

    Monday, March 4th, 2019

    Fonsie Mealy will offer an interesting and broadly based selection of 535 lots at a house contents auction in Birr on March 5.  Viewing is underway at 11 Oxmantown Mall, Birr and the sale is to be held at the County Arms Hotel.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE:  The sale realised in excess of €325,000 on the hammer with 85% sold.  The top price of 36,000 was paid for an 18th century Augsburg marquetry table box; a three stone diamond ring made 20,000 and  a 19th century Minton majolica two handled urn made 16,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 27, 2019)

    Regency mahogany Sofa Table, c. 1820, attributed to Gillows  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    Attributed to Garret Morphy (Irish 1650 – 1716) “Portrait of Sir William Parsons, Bart,” died 1740  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    A pair of Imari jars and covers UPDATE: THESE MADE 560 AT HAMMER

    Large Panorama Illustrated London News: “The City of Dublin,”.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE SALE OF PERSONAL ITEMS FROM FRIEDRICH VON HAYEK

    Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

    Items from the personal collection of the Nobel Prize winning economist and political philosopher Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992) come up at an online sale at Sotheby’s from March 8-19. From his Nobel Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom, to his typewriter, writing desk, and personal annotated version of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, the dedicated online sale is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary this month of the publication of Hayek’s seminal publication, The Road to Serfdom.

    Hayek’s explanation of the relationship between market forces and personal freedom, among his other theories, had a profound impact on the shaping of the modern world. From the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, Hayek’s theories influenced some of the major political moments in Western history.  In more recent years, his conflicting views with rival economist John Maynard Keynes about how to conquer the Great Depression were brought into sharp focus following the economic crash of 2008.

    Born in Vienna in 1899, Hayek’s family was part of the city’s intellectual elite: his father was a doctor with a keen scholarly interest in botany; both of his grandfathers were scholars and his mother the first cousin of prominent Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein. The civilisation of Hayek’s childhood disintegrated with World War One and his youth was inevitably marked by service in the artillery in the brutal Mountain War on the Italian Front. In later years Hayek preferred to recall these years by telling of his hapless attempt to deliver a transport of live eels to the front, but he also acknowledged how the war profoundly shaped his outlook and his resulting theories.

    The Nobel Prize awarded for Economic Science in 1974  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £1.1 MILLION AND ESTABLISHED A NEW RECORD FOR ANY ITEM SOLD IN AN ONLINE ONLY AUCTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friedrich August von Hayek

    FONSIE MEALY TO HOLD HOUSE SALE IN BIRR

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents from  11 Oxmantown Mall, Birr, Co. Offaly on March 5 offers a wide variety of antique furniture, art and collectibles. Estimates in the 534 lot sale vary from 2,000-3,000 for a suite of three Regency ornate French giltwood pelmets to 450-650 for a Georgian door lock, 450-650 for an English stick barometer and 2,000-3,000 for a brass hall lantern. Viewing is at the house on March 3 and 4. The sale is to be held at the County Arms Hotel in Birr.   The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    George IV rosewood Breakfast Table, attributed to Gillows, c1825  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    Frederick Buck, Irish School, c. 1771 – 1840 Miniature: A good oval half length “Portrait of Man in Blue Velvet Jacket,”  UPDATE: THIS MADE 340 AT HAMMER

    Edith Oenone Somerville, 1858 – 1949 Watercolour: “He’ll not lave his den for them,” watercolour.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    Geogian brass bound door lock and receiver  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    Suite of three French giltwood pelmets  UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,500 AT HAMMER