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    Monday, August 23rd, 2021

    Antiques Roadshow presenter and Bonhams senior jewellery specialist Kate Flitcroft, will be visiting Belfast to share her expertise, answer queries and provide complimentary, no obligation jewellery valuations to clients in Northern Ireland on September 7. The jewellery valuation day will take place in the Brian Ballard room of the Merchant Hotel. To book an appointment please contact Bonhams Irish office by email on 

    Kate Flitcroft


    Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

    THE most iconic treasure of early western history – the gun Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid – comes up at Bonhams in Los Angeles on August 27. Sheriff Pat Garrett’s Colt Single Action which he used to kill Billy the Kid on July 14, 1881, at Pete Maxwell’s Ranch, is a relic of one of the most important and well-known stories of the Wild West. Now part of American mythology, Garrett’s friendship with the Kid, their mutual respect, and his subsequent hunt, capture, escape and death have become the stuff of legend.

    Estimated at $2-3 million, this gun is one of the most important and well documented historical firearms and has never appeared at public auction. It is part of a collection of historical firearms belonging to Western Lawmen and Outlaw Legends, along with manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia. The private collection which features rifles and revolvers from Billy the Kid, Bat Masterson, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin was amassed over five decades by Jim and Theresa Earle. There will be 265 lots in the sale.

    Pat Garrett’s Colt Single Action Army Revolver. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $6,030,313 A WORLD RECORD FOR ANY FIREARM


    Thursday, July 29th, 2021

    This George III Irish provincial silver-gilt freedom box by Carden Terry & Jane Williams, Cork, 1798 made £7,650 at Bonhams in London on July 28. The Peter Ticher collection of Irish Silver was one of the stars of Bonhams Silver and Objects of Vertu sale in Knightsbridge. The 58 lot collection made a total of £87,678 with only four pieces failing to find a buyer.  More pieces from the collection are due to come up at Bonhams next October 19.

    A set of four mid-18th century Irish cast silver candlesticks by Michael Fowler, Dublin c1755 made £8,925: a George III Irish silver dish ring by Richard Williams, Dublin 1771 made £3,570; a rare Irish silver scissor wax jack by Thomas Walker, Dublin, c1735 made £5,355 and a George II Irish provincial silver bullet teapot by William Clarke of Cork, Dublin 1728 made £5,100.

    (See post on for July 14, 2021)


    Monday, July 19th, 2021

    There is art by William Conor, Charles Lamb, Derek Hill, Breon O’Casey and Markey Robinson at Bonhams sale of British and Irish art at Knightsbridbge in London on July 21. The auction is led by Summer Holiday by Sherree Valentine-Daines (born. 1959) which is estimated at £5,000-7,000.

    Breon O’Casey – Lost Hedge (£1,000-£1,500)


    Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
    A pair of George I Irish silver candlesticks Joseph Walker, Dublin 1714. UPDATE: THESE CANDLESTICKS WILL NO LONGER FEATURE IN THE SALE

    An important collection of Irish silver comes up at Bonhams in London on July 28. The auction of silver and objects of vertu includes 28 pieces from the Peter Ticher collection including a 1798 Cork freedom box by Carden Terry and Jane Williams. This was awarded to Major General William Loftus, a British army officer and member of parliament. The collection includes many pieces inherited from his father, Dr Kurt Ticher who with his wife, Ellen, emigrated from Germany to Ireland in the 1920’s, settled in Dublin and became naturalised Irish citizens. Kurt developed a keen interest in Irish Georgian silver and built up a large collection and publishing several books and papers. Part of his collection was donated to the National Museum of Ireland and the rest was distributed to his family. His eldest son, Peter, had also developed a passion for Irish silver and continued to add to his collection throughout his life. Among the highlghts are a set of four mid 18th century cast silver candlesticks by Michael Fowler, Dublin c1755, a George III Irish silver dish ring by Richard Williams, Dublin, 1771, an Irish silver scissor wax jack by Thomas Walker, Dublin c1735 and an Irish provincial silver bullet teapot by William Clarke of Cork and Dublin, c1728.

    UPDATE: The collection made £87,678. The Cork freedom box made £7,650. A set of four mid 18th century Irish silver candlesticks by Michael Fowler, Dublin c1755 made £8,925.


    Thursday, July 1st, 2021
    SIR JOHN LAVERY R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941) – In Morocco

    This newly discovered painting by Sir John Lavery sold for £156,500 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London yesterday. It has been in a private collection in Australia for many years. Bonhams suggest that the woman in the centre of the portrait is Hazel Lavery.


    Monday, June 14th, 2021

    A copy of Ulysses presented by James Joyce to H.G. Wells comes up at Bonhams sale of fine books, manuscripts and photographs in London on June 24. From the 9th printing it is inscribed: “To H.G. Wells respectfully James Joyce, 5 November 1928 Paris” .

    Wells was an important early advocate of Joyce, writing a highly favourable review of his first book A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and describing it as “a book to buy and read and lock up, but it is not a book to miss. Its claim to be literature is as good as the claim of the last book of Gulliver’s Travels… No single book has ever shown how different they [English and Irish sensibilities] are, as completely as this most memorable novel” (The New Republic, 10 March 1917). It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.


    Thursday, May 27th, 2021
    ERIC HENRI KENNINGTON (1888-1960) An Infantryman. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £14,000

    The first-ever sale by an international auction house dedicated exclusively to a celebration of the male form in art takes place at Bonhams in London on June 16. It ranges from Antiquities and Old Master painting to sculpture and decorative arts, from contemporary art to photography.

    The sale is curated by Bonhams Greek Art Specialist Anastasia Orfanidou and Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts, Matthew Haley, who said: “This exciting new concept challenges a market that has traditionally been centred around the western concept of the male gaze. It will explore how women look at men and how men look at other men, introducing a fresh context and platform that will spark new discussions on an historically unspoken market.”

    Among the highlights is Atlas Beach by Patrick Hennessy (Irish, 1915-1980) which depicts the terrace of well-known gay bar The Charles Atlas Beach Bar, which overlooks Tangier City Beach, Morocco. It is estimated at £5,000-£7,000. 

    Atlas Beach by Patrick Hennessy. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £9,562


    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

    Jack B. Yeats, Frank McKelvey and Camille Souter all feature at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on April 28. The Wood Stream, a 1901 watercolour by Yeats is estimated at £2,000-3,000; Pastoral Landscape by Frank McKelvey has an estimate of £2,000-3,000 and Outside Mullingar, Early Morning from 1971 by Camille Souter is estimated at £8,000-12,000. The sale will feature a single owner collection of art by Sir Kyffin Williams (1918-2006), regarded as the supreme painter of Welsh landscape in the 20th century. 

    Camille Souter – Outside Mullingar, Early Morning. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £9,562


    Monday, April 19th, 2021

    A painting by celebrated Indonesia-based Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur re-discovered in Dublin less than two months ago will highlight Bonhams Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong on April 22. Two Women Arranging Flowers in the Interior is an intimate depiction of Le Mayeur’s home in Bali – a traditional Joglo house which in his own words served as his ‘little paradise’. Le Mayeur lived for most of his life in Bali, and his home has been converted into a museum of his work. This painting of the interior of his home is extremely rare, only a handful are known to exist. It was bought directly from the artist and his wife by Dutch collector Isaac van Bueren in the 1950’s and passed down in the family to the current owners, who live in Dublin. The guide price is HK$ 1,800,000-2,800,000 (Euro 194,510 – 302,505). 

    Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur –  Two Women Arranging Flowers in the Interior c1950. UPDATE: THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SALE MAKING HK$14,052,500 (approx. US$1.8million) €1,507,633