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  • CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER TYRANNOSAURUS REX SKELETON

    September 17th, 2020

    One of the largest, most complete and widely studied Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever discovered will come up at Christie’s in New York on October 6. Named “STAN” after the paleontologist who first found the skeleton’s partially unearthed hip bones, the T. rex is an extraordinary surviving specimen from approximately 67 million years ago.

    The skeleton comes to auction from the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota, where it has been displayed for the last two decades.  After a meticulous museum-quality re-mounting, It comes to auction with an estimate of $6-8 million.

    COVID-19 THREATENS POSTPONEMENT OF SOME SALES

    September 17th, 2020

    Should Dublin move to Level 3 lockdown – as seems likely – it might mean that some upcoming auctions will be postponed. One of the biggest of the up and comings is Whyte’s Irish and International Art Auction scheduled to take place on September 28. This sale will be postponed if Dublin moves to Level 3, which prevents all indoor gatherings apart from weddings and funerals. UPDATE: THIS SALE HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 19.

    ALAMEDA DE HERCULES, SEVILLA, 1892 by SIR JOHN LAVERY RA RSA RHA (1856-1941) is lot 24 at Whyte’s

    IRISH ART ONLINE SALE BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    September 16th, 2020

    Fresh from the success of an online art auction on September 14 at which works by Donald Teskey and Markey Robinson each made 15,000 at hammer Morgan O’Driscoll will hold an online sale of affordable Irish art on September 21. The catalogue for the sale lists 420 lots. There is work on offer by Arthur Maderson, Liam Treacy, Evie Hone, Mark O’Neill, Maurice Wilks, Arthur Armstrong, Desmond Carrick and many more well known artists.

    Markey Robinson – North African Village sold for 15,000.

    DOLLY PARTON’S DULCIMER AT CHRISTIE’S NASHVILLE SALE

    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

    BILL WYMAN ROLLING STONES ARCHIVES BREAKS RECORDS

    September 14th, 2020

    A a 1968 Gibson Les Paul standard model gold top guitar used by Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus concert show and film in December 1968 and other recordings and sold for $704,000 at Julien’s this weekend. The three-day music auction of the Bill Wyman collection broke a number of records. A 1969 Fender Mustang Bass with a competition orange finish used by Wyman on concerts and recordings in 1969 and 1970 sold for a record $384,000. Wyman’s 1962 VOX AC30 Normal model amplifier made a record $106,250. This historic amplifier used extensively by the Rolling Stones was one of the reasons why Wyman was asked to join the band during his audition.

    “Collecting and archiving has been one of the great pleasures of my life and
    will undoubtedly be one of my legacies,” said Bill Wyman. “It feels like the right time to share my archive with the world. I hope people will get as
    much joy from my collections as I have.” A portion of the proceeds of will benefit The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute).

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $704,000

    JEWELLERY AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    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

    GEORGE WALLACE AT NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    September 12th, 2020

    An exhibition of prints by George Wallace has just opened at the National Gallery of Ireland.  Drawn from the collection of 250 etchings, woodcuts, monoprints and drawings presented to the gallery by the Wallace family in 2016 the show marks 100 years since his birth in Dublin. Based in Canada for much of his life George Wallace (1920-2009) became Professor of Fine Art at McMaster University in Ontario. He specialised in printmaking and sculpture.  George Wallace:  Reflections on Life is on view until December 13.

    George Wallace – The Fun Fair at Dun Laoghaire (etching).

    FLAWLESS 102 CARAT DIAMOND AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

    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.

    MIDDLETON AND O’DONOGHUE AND SOTHEBY’S ONLINE

    September 10th, 2020

    Artworks by Hughie O’Donoghue and Colin Middleton feature at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction online until September 16. The sale of art and objects by artists and makers working in Britain in the 20th and 21st offers paintings, works on paper, sculpture, prints, photography, design and studio and contemporary ceramics. There are ceramics by Lucie Rie and Jennifer Lee, paintings from Gary Bunt and Mary Fedden, photographs from Terry O’Neill and a selection of prints by David Hockney. A group of Donald Hamilton Frasers offered from the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum is included too.

    HUGHIE O’DONOGHUE | MEDUSA: EXODUS (£15,000-£25,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £20,160

    ANTIQUE IRISH FURNITURE SELLS AT DREWEATTS

    September 9th, 2020

    This c1730 Irish George II mahogany side table sold for a hammer price of £36,000 at Dreweatts in Newbury, Berkshire today. The moulded frieze isvcentred by a carved mask of a bearded man, above a carved shell terminal. Each corner of the frieze is carved with a stylised ‘gargoyle’ mask above tapering cabriole shaped legs. An Irish George II c1750 side table made £13,500 and a twin pillar dining table, described as probably Irish, sold for £7,500.

    The c1730 Irish table