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    BID FOR THE LOUVRE: AN EXCEPTIONAL CHARITY AUCTION

    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The musée du Louvre is auctioning 24 exceptional lots with Christie’s and support of the Hôtel Drouot. The unprecendent online Bid for the Louvre auction will be held on Christie’s online platform from December 1-15. The sale of contemporary artworks, unique luxury pieces once in a lifetime experiences is designed to support the museum through these times and raise funds for Studio, a new space dedicated to artistic and cultural education due to open in autumn 2021. Some of the offered lots are unique. Among them is the opportunity to attend the annual examination of the Mona Lisa outside her display case, or the chance to walk through the rooftops of the Palais du Louvre in the company of the artist JR. There are works of art by contemporary artists close to the museum such as Johan Creten, Candida Höfer, Eva Jospin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pierre Soulages and Xavier Veilhan. Houses such as Cartier, Christian Dior Couture, Le Meurice, Le Ritz Paris, Louis Vuitton, Moët Hennessy, Parfums Christian Dior and Vacheron Constantin, are amongst the participants.

    NEW BOOK ON DANIEL O’NEILL PUBLISHED TODAY

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020

    Daniel O’Neill Romanticism & Friendships by Karen Reihill is published today. To mark the centenary year of the Belfast born artist two events had been planned and both had to be cancelled. A retrospective exhibition at the OPW’s Farmleigh Gallery had been scheduled for May and Rehill’s monograph was to have been launched to coincide with this. The exhibition was re-scheduled to November 28 only to be postponed once again because of Covid-19. Meanwhile Reihill has decided to go ahead with the publication of the book which contains 192 Pages with 370 images in colour and period black and white photographs. It is available to from your local bookshop or on-line www.kennys.ie priced €25.00.

    EXTRAORDINARY KASHMIR SAPPHIRE BRACELET

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

    This extraordinary sapphire and diamond bracelet comes up at Christie’s magnificent jewels sale in New York on December 8. The cushion-cut 43.10 carat Kashmir sapphire surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds is detachable and may be worn as a brooch. It is estimated at $5-7 million. The sale of over 380 lots includes signed jewels by makers including René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Raymond Yard, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura. 

    SHEPPARDS TWO DAY WINE AND ACCESSORIES SALE

    Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

    AN opportunity to submerge those lockdown sorrows arises at Sheppards wines and accessories online auction in Durrow on October 22 and 23. The sale of over 800 lots is broken up into three sessions and the catalogue is online.

    Lot 155 – CHÂTEAU CARBONNIEUX – VINTAGE 2010

    HOARD OF BOOKS STOLEN IN UK RECOVERED IN ROMANIA

    Friday, September 18th, 2020

    Around 200 valuable books stolen from a warehouse near Heathrow in 2017 have been recovered in Romania. They include first editions of Galileo and Isaac Newton. They were found buried under the floor of a house in the region of Neamt, in north-eastern Romania, on Wednesday. A Romanian organised crime gang was responsible for the theft. The BBC reports that thirteen people have been charged, 12 of whom have already pleaded guilty. The books were being stored in a warehouse ahead of being transported to a specialist book auction in Las Vegas, in the US, when they were stolen.

    DOLLY PARTON’S DULCIMER AT CHRISTIE’S NASHVILLE SALE

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

    Dolly Parton’s Swarovski-crystal bedazzled four-string dulcimer will lead an online only charity auction at Christie’s. Entitled “NASHVILLE: An Auction to benefit ACM Lifting Lives® COVID-19 Response Fund” it will lead a sale with items donated by some of the biggest names in country music including Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, Bernie Taupin and Trisha Yearwood. The dulcimer has been owned by Dolly Parton for 30 years and was used to play “Jolene” during her 50th Anniversary performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 2019. It is estimated at $50,000-100,000.

    ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry it funds music health programs and serves members of the music community who face unexpected hardship.

    Dolly Parton performing with the dulcimer at her 50th Anniversary concert at the Grand Ole Opry / © Grand Ole Opry | Photo by Chris Holl

    JEWELLERY AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, September 13th, 2020

    A single stone rectangular diamond ring tops the bill at the James Adam sale of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin at 4 pm on September 15.  The certified 7.75 carat stone has an estimate of €120,000-€180,000.  Other top lots include a diamond cuff bracelet by Fred Paris (€60,000-€80,000) and a pair of diamond pendant ear clips (€45,000-€55,000).If these prices are a bit beyond your range then how about an amethyst brooch designed as a sweet wrapper by Bulgari (€600-€800) or a three strand natural pearl necklace (€700-€900).  There are diamond and gold bracelets, sapphire rings including a c1960  sapphire and diamond cocktail ring by Boucheron (€1,800-€2,2000, brooches, pendants and plenty of baubles to lift the lockdown mood and propel the imagination into a less socially distant future with lots going on.  The catalogue for this sale of 250 lots is online.

    Single stone rectangular diamond ring (€120,000-€180,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS PASSED AT €110,000

    FLAWLESS 102 CARAT DIAMOND AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

    Friday, September 11th, 2020

    An internally flawless 102.39-carat diamond comes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong next month. There is no estimate but diamonds of this size and quality have D colour oval stone was cut from a 271-carat rough diamond discovered in Ontario, Canada in 2018. It has achieved top rank in each of the “four Cs” — cut, colour, clarity and carat weight — by which a diamond is judged. In the circumstances of the moment it is being offered without a reserve. Bidding opens online from September 15 and the sale end at a live auction in Hong Kong on October 5.

    UPDATE: The diamond sold for $15.7 million to a telephone bidder in Japan

    SPARKLING DIAMOND SOLITAIRE AT O’REILLY’S

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

    THIS sparkling diamond solitaire comes up at the Francs St., Dublin firm of O’Reilly’s 48 hour timed online only auction of jewellery, diamonds, watches and silver. It runs from 1 pm today to 1 pm on August 28. The estimated weight of the brilliant cut diamond is 5.01 carat and the ring is estimated at 42,000-48,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    DEATH OF DESMOND GUINNESS

    Friday, August 21st, 2020

    Desmond Guinness, founder of the Irish Georgian Society, has died aged 88. The Society said on their website: “We are indebted to his legacy in founding the Irish Georgian Society in 1958, together with the late Mariga Guinness. He boldly championed the cause of Ireland’s architectural heritage at a time when it faced great challenges through neglect and the threat of demolition from new development. In spite of hostility in some quarters, through his ardent campaigning, educating and working to save numerous buildings we are surrounded by a rich legacy of historic buildings saved to be celebrated as an integral part of our culture and identity. He has inspired us all and, for the thousands of members and supporters of the Irish Georgian Society in Ireland and around the world, Desmond has truly been a Conservation Hero.”

    He was the second son of author and brewer Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne, and Diana Mitford (later Lady Mosley).