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    SEXTON’S BOOT SCORES AGAIN AT SHEPPARDS

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

    The boots worn by Johnny Sexton for the Grand Slam, le Drop and the Champions Cup made a hammer price of 15,500 at Sheppards in Durrow today.  They had been estimated at around 50 euro.  They were lot 1267, the last lot in a successful two day auction that saw competitive bidding in the room, on the telephone and on the internet.

    Sexton, who captains Leinster and is one of two of Ireland’s vice captains, has just been announced as winner of the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2018.  He is only the second Irish player to win the award after the inaugural winner Keith Wood in 2001.  Ireland was named World Rugby Team of the Year at the awards ceremony in Monaco on November 25.

    Proceeds from the sale will go towards the medical treatment of eight-year-old Anna Browne, from Mallow, Co Cork both here and in the United States.  The schoolgirl suffers from cerebral palsy.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 23, 2018)

    MYSTIQUE OF MARILYN MONROE SHINES BRIGHT AT JULIEN’S

    Sunday, November 18th, 2018

    The Monroe Thunderbird

    Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe award for World Film Favorite Female 1961 from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association became the top selling Golden Globe award sold at auction when it made $250,000 at Julien’s icons and idols Hollywood sale.  Monroe’s 1956 Raven Black Ford Thunderbird convertible driving to auction for the first time in history made $490,000. Other iconic items connected to Monroe’s mystique included the black satin blouse with matching necktie Monroe wore to a press conference at Los Angeles Airport on February 26, 1956 which made $43,750, over four times the original estimate and her copy of Playboy’s first issue with Monroe on the cover signed by publisher Hugh Hefner.  This made $32,000.

    MARIE ANTOINETTE PEARL MAKES AUCTION HISTORY

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

    The magic of Queen Marie-Antoinette held say at Sotheby’s in Geneva when a pearl and diamond pendant that belonged to ill-fated French Queen was been sold for $36 million over an estimate of around $2 million.  This is a world record for a pearl.  The pendant was part of a collection of jewellery sold by Italy’s Bourbon-Parma house.

    Other lots included a natural pearl and diamond necklace, a pair of pearl and diamond earrings, and a monogram ring with a lock of her hair.  The queen smuggled her jewellery to her family in Austria before an ill fated attempt to flee the French Revolution.  She was guillotined aged 37  in 1793.

    The previous record for the most expensive pearl was a necklace once owned by Elizabeth Taylor which was sold for $11.8 million at Christie’s in 2011.

    PINK LEGACY MADE $50.3 MILLION IN GENEVA

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

    The Pink Legacy

    THE Pink Legacy made $50,375,00 at Christie’s in Geneva last night.   The largest and finest fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered at auction by Christie’s weighs just under 19 carats.  The rectangular-cut gem was the top lot at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. From the Oppenheimer Family it had been estimated at US $30-50 million.  The auction achieved $110,214,250.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September  25,  2018)

    ARETHA FRANKLIN’S STAGE WORN DRESSES AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

    Property from the career of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will come under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions live and online sale from the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on November 10.  Over 30 stage worn dresses are to be sold along with accessories.

    Highlights with estimates from $800-$4,000 include a red with sequined interior dress designed by Arnold Scassi with a matching sequin romper worn on stage Sept 13, 1991 at Radio City music Hall; a St. John knit jacket worn Sept 29, 1999 at the National Medal of Arts Ceremony with President Clinton in Washington D.C.; a black Oleg Cassini dress worn at the ESSENCE Awards in 1993 with Lena Horne and Tina Turner; a denim jacket given only to the crew members of The Blues Brothers; a Judith Ann Plus dress worn in concert and on the cover of Jet magazine and a pink beaded bustier and pink skirt worn April 17, 1993 in the Duets Concert AIDS benefit for the Gay Men’s health crisis, that included artists and celebrities Clive Davis, Rod Stewart, Dustin Hoffman, Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson and Robert DeNiro.  Julien’s Icons and Idols Rock-N-Roll sale will be held on November 9 and 10.

    THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW FORMAL SUI

    RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL NEW YORK CITY ENSEMBLE

    BILL CLINTON INAUGURATION GOWN

    THE BLUES BROTHERS 2000 CREW JACKET

    ROLLS WITH ILLUSTRIOUS PROVENANCE MAKES 46,000

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

    The Rolls Royce

    A 1930 Rolls-Royce which once belonged to UK Conservative Rab Butler, who served as Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister (1962-63), Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Minister sold for 46,000 at auction today in Co. Laois.  The 3.7 litre Rolls-Royce Continental Sports Saloon was originally built for Elizabeth Courtauld, heir to the industrial textile empire, before passing through her family in 1946 into the ownership of Butler, known as the father of the British educational system.

    He once remarked that the Civil Service, “is a bit like a Rolls-Royce – you know it’s the best machine in the world, but you’re not quite sure what to do with it.”

    The car was purchased in England in 1995 and the engine was rebuilt by Irish Rolls Royce specialist Jim Boland.  It has spent the past 23 years in an Irish shed and is in excellent condition. There was a number of classic cars, including a working 1940s Model T Ford with a Cork registration, which made 10,500. The carvery unit from the former Jurys Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin made 3,000 and a Tullamore whiskey mirror made 2,000.

    MORE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE WHISKY IN THE WORLD

    Thursday, October 4th, 2018

    The Macallan 1926 painted by Michael Dillon.  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £1.2 MILLION, A WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR A BOTTLE OF WHISKY.

    Hard on the heels of the sale of the most expensive bottle of whisky in the world  for £848,000 at Bonhams in Edinburgh this week  a unique bottle of 1926 Macallan painted by the Irish artist Michael Dillon will lead Christie’s sales of finest and rarest wines and spirits in London next November 28-29.

    The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old sold at Bonhams was in a vat for 60 years and then bottled,. It fetched £700,000 plus a £148,000 sales premium. Experts describe it as the holy grail of whiskies, because of the combination of its rarity, vintage and unique artwork. Another bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams Hong Kong in May this year for a then world record £814,081. Macallan commissioned pop artists Peter Blake and Valerio Adami to design labels for a limited edition of 24 bottles -12 Adami and 12 of Blake.

    The most collectable single malt of the 20th century at Christie’s,  The Macallan 1926 60-Year-Old, is presented in a unique bottle painted by the Irish artist Michael Dillon. The Macallan distillery located near the river Spey in North East Scotland was founded in 1824 and produces stunning examples of cask-matured single malts, particularly their highly prized and exceedingly rare single-cask, limited edition bottlings and Fine & Rare Collection. This is the only bottle of this ultra-rare elixir to be hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. Considered the ‘Holy Grail’ for collectors, it is poised to set a new world auction record for a bottle of whisky.

    Christie’s International Director of Wine, Tim Triptree commented: “Over the past five years we have seen sell-through rates for whisky offerings increase by over 20% and in recent years, along with the consistent interest from US and European collectors, clients from Asia have been highly active in the whisky market.”

    RING BROOCH FOUND NEAR DINGLE GOES ON LOCAL DISPLAY

    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

    Medieval gold ring brooch and stone, Cloosmore, Dingle, Co. Kerry.

    A medieval period gold ring brooch acquired by the National Museum of Ireland in 2016 is to be sent on a short-term loan to Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, close to where it was found. The curator at the museum in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Isabel Bennett, was instrumental in reporting the find. and the National Museum of Ireland is very grateful to her and especially to the finder, Mr Ian Andrew, who found the brooch by chance while walking on the beach at Cloosmore, Dingle.

    Ring brooches were worn in medieval times by both men and women in order to fasten their gowns or cloaks at the neck. They may have been offered as a sign of affection or as betrothal gifts. Approximately 150 ring brooches are known from Ireland, but would usually be of copper alloy. Only a very small number including this example are made of gold.

    The finder Ian Andrew was on a holiday visit to the Dingle peninsula, where he has strong family connections.  While walking along a rocky coastal foreshore, he noticed a bright light shining between some rocks. After taking a closer look, he identified and retrieved this tiny but exquisite gold ring brooch.  It is an example of a rare type of 13th/14th century ring brooch with projecting hands. The brooch has a blue stone setting of tourmaline. The inscription in Gothic style lettering is legible but their meaning is unclear.a

    MARILYN’S FORD THUNDERBIRD AT JULIEN’S, HOLLYWOOD

    Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

    The Ford Thunderbird owned by Marilyn Monroe from 1955 to 1962 comes up at  Julien’s Auctions annual blockbuster event Icons and Idols, Hollywood on November 17 in Los Angeles. It is estimated at $300,000-$500,000. One of the most desired women in the world, Monroe’s life was deeply troubled, but she was enjoying some of the happiest days of her life during the time she owned this car.

    Monroe married celebrated playwright Arthur Miller soon after buying the Thunderbird. A published report at the time suggests that Monroe and Miller drove this vehicle to their civil wedding ceremony on June 28, 1956 and likely their private wedding on June 30, 1956.

    The Marilyn Monroe Thunderbird was purchased on December 20, 1955, from Westport Motors, Westport, Connecticut in the name of her corporation, Marilyn Monroe Productions. Most accounts suggest it was a Christmas gift from her business partner and photographer, Milton Greene.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $490,000

    A JEWELLERY AUCTION AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, September 16th, 2018

    Diamond Riviere Necklace, By Mauboussin, c1955
    120,000 – 180,000  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 150,000 AT HAMMER

    The autumn jewellery auction at James Adam on September 18 comprises 243 lots. The top lot is a c1955 diamond riviere necklace by Mauboussin estimated at 120,000-180,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE: THE SALE TOTAL, INCLUDING PREMIUM, WAS 871,000

    Coloured Sapphire and Diamond Ring 15,000 – 20,000  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Gem-Set and Gold Leaf Brooch, By Andrew Grima, 1963 2,500 – 3,500  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER

    18k Gold Manual Wind ‘Gondolo’ Wristwatch, By Patek Philippe, c2005
    6,500 – 8,500  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    Late 19th Century ‘En Tremblant’ Flower Bouquet Corsage Ornament/Brooch, 1880 20,000 – 30,000 UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 22,000 AT HAMMER