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    CUSTOM MADE FOR A PRINCE OF MUSIC

    Monday, May 11th, 2020

    Prince’s 1984 custom made blue cloud guitar became part of his iconography after featuring in Purple Rain. It comes up at Julien’s Music Icons sale in Beverly Hills on June 19-20 with an estimate of $100,000-200,000.  As well as Prince the sale will feature memorabilia relating to Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, the Rollings Stones, Queen, David Bowie, The Police, Guns N’Roses, Bob Marley, Elton John, Phish, Whitney Houston and many more.

    The original Bob Dylan lyrics for his Blond on Blond album are included in Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Childrens Books and Illustrations sale which runs online until May 12.  They are estimated at £12,000-15,000.

    Prince’s Blue Cloud guitar

    STING TOPS THE BILL FOR NOW – THEN STOLE THE SHOW!

    Friday, May 8th, 2020

    AS of the morning of May 8 in Europe a private virtual recording with Sting is the most popular lot at Sotheby’s Mayday Covid-19 charity auction which runs to 7 pm New York time today. The sale of virtual experiences to aid the International Rescue Committee is heavily subscribed. The private virtual recording with Sting has been bid up to $38,000 and has so far attracted 63 bids.

    UPDATE: THE recording session with Sting eventually sold for $137,500 and was the most expensive lot in a 24 lot auction which raised $451,375. Charles Stewart, Sotheby’s CEO, commented: “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support we received for this special charity auction to raise much-needed funds for the International Rescue Committee and their Covid relief efforts. We are also extremely grateful to our partner Google for providing the support needed to bring these virtual experiences to life, as well as sincerely thankful to each participant who so generously donated their time for this important cause.”

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 27, 2020)

    Sting

    VICTORIAN SILVER AUTOMATON AT MATTHEWS ONLINE

    Friday, May 8th, 2020

    A Victorian silver automaton with pop up bird and musical accompaniment is among the lots at the live online sale by Matthews of Oldcastle on May 12. About seven inches wide and in original working order it is estimated at 2,500-3,500. Purchases are to be posted to all successful bidders. The sale offers 548 lots of gold, silver, watches, some Russian pieces and collectibles. The catalogue is online at Easy Live Auctions.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,900 AT HAMMER

    TIMED AUCTION IN CLONMEL NEXT SUNDAY

    Thursday, May 7th, 2020

    Clonmel auctioneer Larry O’Keeffe will hold a timed auction of 200 lots of antique furniture, collectibles, jewellery and more to May 10. The catalogue is online at easyliveauction.com

    This pair of cast iron skillet pots is estimated at 40-70.

    INCREASED COLLECTOR ENGAGEMENT IN A CHANGED WORLD

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

    With 37 online auctions totalling nearly $70 million since March Sotheby’s reports increased collector engagement. An update today from ceo Charles Stewart highlighted their plan to hold evening and day sales of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art in New York the week of June, 29 pending the lifting of certain restrictions and confirmation from the relevant authorities. The Spring sales series in Hong Kong will take place from July 5-11.

    Sotheby’s has invested in its “buy now” capability with significant inventory for sale. The Gallery Network launched with some of New York’s most pre-eminent galleries allows galleries make immediate sales through Sotheby’s website. The ceo reports continued demand and competition for rare and iconic works across categories. A Cartier tutti frutti bracelet achieved $1.3 million last week.

    Roy Lichtenstein’s White Brushstroke I from 1965 will be a highlight Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in New York on the week beginning June 29.

    COLLECTOR AUCTION IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

    With everything from the theatre programme for the first production of The Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey Theatre in 1907 to the poetry of Terence McSwiney to the GAA medals of Leonard McGrath and a cache of old IRA documents from 1924-31 the online Collectors Sale by Fonsie Mealy is brimful of interest.The timed auction of 439 lots runs at The Saleroom until the evening of May 5.  It features scare modern literature items, signed copies, limited editions, manuscripts, sporting memorabilia, Republican material, cinema posters, pub memorabilia, rare Irish and Scotch whiskies, bourbon and liqueurs and even some designer handbags, purses and scarves.The Leonard McGrath collection is, at €15,000-20,000, the most expensively estimated lot.  He played a starring forward role in Galway’s first All Ireland hurling win in 1923 and also played on the winning 1925 football team.  A member of the elite group of 16 players to achieve such a success in both codes the Australian born Galway reared McGrath was, as a member of the winning Galwegians rugby team in the 1926-27 season, expelled from the GAA  for playing a foreign sport. The lot includes a large bundle of musical scores signed by Leonard McGrath and used at competitions and various singing events and Feis CeoilsA programme for the 1931 All-Ireland Hurling Final in which Cork drew with Kilkenny is estimated at €500-700.  Cork won the replay.Lot 274 is a file of IRA Army Council archives from 1924-25 and 1929-31.  It comprises document sent to and issued by the IRA’s Chief of Staff who for much of the period covered was Moss Twomey.   More than 300 documents over 500 pages give detailed accounts of activities and internal procedures.  The lot is estimated at €1,000-1,500.A scarce 1918 book of poetry by Terence MacSwiney, Battle Cries, in grey printed wrappers with proceeds in aid of the Dependents Fund has an estimate of €150-200. There is no publisher or censor’s approval.  The author was elected Lord Mayor of Cork after the murder of Tomas MacCurtain in March of 1920.  Arrested later that year and charged with having seditious documents the Lord Mayor of Cork died aged 41 on the 74th day of his hunger strike in Brixton Prison on October 25, 1920.There is a limited edition book of poetry from John Montague. A Fair House: Versions of Irish Poetry was printed in 1972.  It is being sold together with another Montague work, The Lost Notebook, with illustrations by John Verling published by the Mercier Press in 1987. The estimate is €100-150.  There are first editions by authors ranging from Liam O’Flaherty and Frank O’Connor to Ian Fleming as well as cinema posters and historic rugby programmes.The Abbey Theatre programme for Saturday, 26th January 1907  for seven nights including the first production of The Playboy by Synge is estimated at €200-300.  This was one of the most celebrated and controversial productions of the Irish theatre.  All lots can be viewed on The Saleroom.

    UPDATE: The sale realised in excess of € 120,000  on the hammer with 85% sold. The Leonard McGrath medals made 28,500 at hammer.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 220 AT HAMMER

    AN ARRESTING IMAGE OF KATE MOSS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

    Sotheby’s is offering an arresting image of Kate Moss in a torn veil, Marrakesh 1993  by Albert Watson at an online sale entitled Eclectic, London which runs to  May 7. It is estimated at £7,000-10,000.  Bonhams will offer British and Irish art online on May 12 with Irish lots by artists Cecil Maguire, Graham Knuttel and  William Crozier. Meantime the London Original Print Fair, normally held at the Royal Academy, is online this year. It continues for the entire month of May.

    AIDAN FOLEY’S TWO DAY SALE IS NOW UNDERWAY

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

    Two days of sales by Doneraile based auctioneer Aidan Foley are now underway at Easy Live auctions. Books, music memorabilia and jewellery come under the hammer today. The sale tomorrow will feature rugs, furniture, collectibles, art and jewellery.

    The Capuchin Annual 1966 Special Anniversary of Easter Rising comes up today
    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 30.

    THE MUSIC OF LEONARD MCGRATH AT FONSIE MEALY ONLINE

    Friday, May 1st, 2020

    Leonard McGrath, the Galway dual player whose medals come up at Fonsie Mealy’s online Collectors sale which runs to May 5, was also a talented singer. Lot 304 of the auction, which contains his amazing medal collection, includes a fine selection of sheet music used by McGrath at singing competitions during various Feis Ceoils and other events. The large bundle of musical scores features favourites like The Rose of Tralee, Down by the Sally Gardens, The Green Hills of Ireland, My Lagan Love and many more. McGrath won All Ireland senior hurling and football medals for Galway and was a talented rugby player, which resulted in his expulsion from the GAA. He was an athlete and, in later life, a golfer. UPDATE: LOT 304 SOLD FOR A HAMMER PRICE OF 28,500 OVER A TOP ESTIMATE OF 20,000.

    These scores are mostly inscribed by Leonard McGrath

    ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN METEORITES AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, April 30th, 2020

    The fifth largest piece of the moon known on earth – larger than any returned by the Apollo Programme – is on offer for private sale at Christie’s. Found in the Sahara Desert two years ago NWA 12691 is valued in the region of £2 million. Weighing over 13.5 kg the specimen is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.

    Lunar meteorites arrived on Earth after having been blasted off the lunar surface by the collision with an asteroid or comet. All of the Moon’s large craters were created by such  impacts. This particular meteorite was part of a large meteorite shower straddling the Western Saharan, Algerian and Mauritanian borders, responsible for nearly half of all known lunar meteorites. Approximately 30 different meteorites were  collected, analysed, classified and assigned different NWA numbers in the belief they might be from different events and represent different lunar samples; but it has been determined that they all originate from the same lunar impact.

    Christie’s will also offer for private sale a group of 13 aesthetic iron meteorites. Shaped by forces terrestrial and extra-terrestrial, this group of natural sculptures forms one of the most important collections of aesthetic iron meteorites in private hands. The collection, estimated in the region of £1.4 million, is available now.

    NWA 12691 — The Fifth Largest Piece Of The Moon On Earth, Lunar Feldspathic Breccia, 13.535kg, Sahara Desert, Western Sahara