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    Sunday, March 31st, 2024

    This is Raquel Welch’s beaded and rhinestone gown designed by Bob Mackie and worn to a 1979 photoshoot. It comes up at Julien’s online sale in Hollywood on April 12 with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000 as part of a sale titled Bombshell: The Raquel Welch Collection. One of Hollywood’s most famous sex symbols Welch, who died in 2023, became a pioneer of the strong female lead character from her roles in Fantastic Voyage, Hannie Caulder, Myra Breckinridge and The Three Musketeers for which she won a Golden Globe award.  There are annotated film scripts, memorabilia like her Screen Actors Guild card, costumes and pieces from her home. Among 500 lots are the earrings worn when she played herself in Season 8, episode 22 of Seinfeld and the iconic fur bikini from One Million Years B.C. which became one of the biggest pin up posters of all time.


    Saturday, March 30th, 2024
    A team of staff and volunteers at the Irish Museum of Time in Waterford are preparing to take shifts to change clocks as they go forward one hour tonight.  More than 600 clocks from Ireland and around the globe, including the oldest clock in the world with an anchor escarpment (the ticking mechanism) made in London by William Clement in 1663, will be adjusted.  Some of them are eight day clocks and have already been adjusted, others have little quirks and moving them forward is an exercise in patience.


    Monday, March 25th, 2024

    Orpens at Farmleigh is the title of exhibitions by Sir William Orpen and Goddard Orpen at the OPW Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin until August 25.  A Family Legacy displays a range of less well known paintings and illustrated letters by Sir William Orpen and members of his family. This runs side by side with an exhibition of photographs by Goddard Orpen (1852-1932) from a recently discovered collection of glass plate negatives documenting life in the home and an the farm.


    Thursday, February 1st, 2024

    Adam’s has announced the appointment of Nathaniel Nicholson as Associate Director, Head of Valuations. Nathaniel, a BBS graduate from Trinity College, Dublin joins the St Stephen’s Green based Fine Art Auctioneers having worked as a specialist in the private and iconic collections department at Christie’s, in London. While there he developed a broad knowledge and passion for single owner collections having been involved in many high-profile sales over the past decade.
    At Adam’s Nathaniel will be focusing on professional valuation work for the legal and financial advisory professions, as well as providing valuation and planning advice for private clients, augmenting the existing team of general and specialist valuers.


    Friday, January 19th, 2024
    (photo left to right: Elizabeth Taylor’s Karl Lagerfeld caftan, Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker dress, Princess Grace’s Givenchy ensemble, Dior Galliano newsprint dress, tutu worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Chanel ski suit and Paris Hilton’s Louis Verdad dress)

    Princess Diana’s black silk velvet cocktail dress (estimated $100,000-$200,000) created by Catherine Walker sold for $325,000, over three times its original estimate of $100,000 at Julien’s in Hollywood. Worn to a private event it features an off-the-shoulder neckline, a princess-seamed bodice with boning, and bias-cut ivory satin accents sewn at the neckline, cuffs, and hem. A 1961 Givenchy ensemble worn to the White House by Princess Grace with Prince Rainier to meet President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy sold for $325,000 (original estimate: $250,000-$300,000). It consists of a “Kelly-green” wool, tweed sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt with an elbow-length sleeved tweed jacket worn with a white hat, which appears as flowers about to bloom. Sarah Jessica Parker’s three-tier tutu skirt worn in her iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City turned sold for $52,000, six and a half times its original estimate of $8,000. The oyster white tulle three-tier tutu skirt with a matching satin waistband worn by Parker in her Emmy award winning role in the opening credits of the HBO series during its entire run from 1997-2004 was originally found for five dollars in a bin in New York by the show’s legendary costume designer Patricia Field. Another recognisable Sex and the City design made a sensational appearance when John Galliano for Christian Dior’s newsprint silk chiffon strapless gown with an asymmetrical ruffled flounce hemline hit the auction runway for $11,430 (estimate: $8,000 – $12,000). A Chanel 2001 nylon ski suit in pale green with silver hardware and logo zipper pulls that was featured in cream in the Chanel Identification winter ad campaign sold for $7,800 (original estimate: $1,500-$2,000)


    Monday, November 6th, 2023

    The conference on Huguenot history and crafts at the Medieval Museum in Waterford ON November 11 is open to everyone and promises to be fascinating.  The enormous contribution made by these Protestant refugees to Ireland in the 1600’s and 1700’s resonates to this day.  There will be a particular focus on gold and silversmiths, clock and watchmakers and cabinet making and map making will be touched on two.  Speakers include Dr. Thomas Sinsteden, Professor Geraldine Sheridan, John Bowen, Dr. Tessa Murdoch and Julian Walton.  Book on


    Friday, November 3rd, 2023
    A Victorian sleigh. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    A sleigh might not be exactly what is needed in rainy Ireland right now but who knows what the rest of the winter will bring? This one comes up at Aidan Foley’s online two day relocation auction of lots from “Weddings by Franc” on November 7 and 8. From chair covers and tablecloths to decorative mirrors and candle holders, tables, lamps, lanterns and Frosty the Snowman this sale of more than 1,000 lots offers and enormous variety of lots for weddings, parties and Christmas events.


    Monday, September 18th, 2023

     A one of a kind watch to be unveiled at Waterford’s 2nd International Festival of time next weekend will be auctioned for charity. After visiting the inaugural festival last year Swiss watchmaker Paul Gerber – recognised in The Guinness Book of Records as having created the world’s most complicated wristwatch – decided to create a unique timepiece alongside his apprentice Anny Weber. The Waterford Watch  will be unveiled at the Festival, which runs from September 22-24, and later auctioned for charity by Phillips in association with Bacs and Russo of Geneva.  Proceeds are to be divided in three ways with one third each for the Waterford Museum of Time (pictured here), apprentice Anny Weber and the Join Our Boys Trust, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of muscular dystrophy. Masters of watchmaking from Switzerland, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and Ireland will attend the festival.


    Sunday, September 10th, 2023
    This diamond ring is at Adams next Tuesday with an estimate of €10,000-€15,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    The James Adam catalogue contains an eye watering selection of  jewellery and watches from an Art Deco diamond bracelet designed by Austrian Imperial jewellers Kochert in 1929, later re-designed as a tiara by Bulgari in Rome in the 1950’s, to necklaces, bracelets, rings, dress rings, pendants, brooches and watches by makers from Rolex to Breitling.  The fine jewellery and watches sale takes place on September 12 and is now on view in Dublin. The catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: The top lot of the sale was an Art Deco diamond bracelet designed by Erwin Lang. It made €95,000 at hammer.


    Thursday, August 31st, 2023
    Gerald Kenyon

    There is widespread regret in the Irish antique trade at the death this month of Gerald Kenyon, who was 96. Born in Chester and an eighth generation antique dealer he established himself as one of Ireland’s leading antique dealers with shops at various times in Dublin in South William St., Powerscourt Town House Centre and Lower Ormonde Quay. A founder exhibitor at the Irish Antique Dealers Fair he penned an invaluable book, The Irish Furniture at Malahide Castle and dealt is superb pieces of every sort. A kind, generous, lively and flamboyant person he was always very generous in sharing his prodigious knowledge of fine furniture