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    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The illuminated Hannibal Lecter mask from the film Hannibal sold for a hammer price of €85,000 at Sheppards online sale of residual contents from Castlehyde House, Fermoy.  From the collection of MIchael Flatley, who is planning a refurbishment of the Co. Cork home he bought in 2001, the mask is signed by actors Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. It was at  €80,000-€100,000 the most expensively estimated lot of the sale. 

    On his retirement the man known globally as The Lord of the Dance took up art as an outlet for his creative force. One of his works, an acrylic on vinyl entitled The Finishing Line, made €37,000 at hammer against an estimate of €40,000-€60,000.  A Maitland Smith bar sold for €8,200, a pair of large gilt bronze figures of nymphs each holding a torch made €4,600 as did a championship sized snooker table. Other hammer prices included: a black marble and ormolu Medici lion clock (€2,800); a pair of hide upholstered library settees (€3,600); a portrait of James Joyce wearing a white suit (€4,000);  an extensive hunting scene (€5,200);  an 18th century walnut armoire (€1,450); a pair of carved parcel gilt settees (€1,700); a pair of bronzed sculptures of centaurs (€2,200); a hide upholstered chesterfield settee (€1,400); a set of ten 19th century dining chairs (€2,800);  a rococo carved giltwood coffee table €2,600); a library terrestrial globe (€2,600);  a full suit of armour made €3,400 one sold for €1,700 and another for €1,100; a pair of painted Gainsborough chairs sold for €1,800. The sale of nearly 700 surplus to requirements pieces mostly collected over the past 20 years will continue today when another 236 lots will come under the hammer online at Sheppards.


    Friday, November 6th, 2020

    Michael Flatley’s clearout of Castlehyde near Fermoy to prepare for a refurbishment offers something for collectors across the board – even those who might be into a spot of cannibalism. Pride of place in the sale, to be held online at Sheppards in Durrow on November 26-27, is the mask worn by Anthony Hopkins when he played Hannibal Lecter, the fictional forensic psychiatrist who liked to eat his victims. Signed by Hopkins and co-star Julianne Moore it is estimated at €80,000-€120,000.



    Not the usual stuff of country house sales, but the Lord of the Dance, who has poured millions into the restoration of the Palladian mansion on the banks of the River Blackwater, is in the realm of collectors who are more extraordinary than ordinary.  He is planning a major overhaul of the interior so these pieces are surplus to requirements.More than 700 items collected during the past 20 years will come under the hammer.  Period pieces include a pair of 19th century French marble console tables (€8,000-€12,000),  a pair of large gilt bronze figures of nymphs each holding a torch (€5,000-€8,000), a Victorian console table and mirror (€5,000-€8,000) and a pair of Edwardian satinwood wing armchair (€1,400-€1,800).  There are medieval style suits of armour (€500-€800 each) which are reproduction.  So are the Graeco Roman busts displayed in the dining room (from €500-€1,200).  There is a Louis XVI desk (€4,000-€6,000),  a full size billiard table (€3,000-€5,000), a hide covered Chesterfield (€1,000-€1,500) and some French Rococo style sofas.When he retired from dancing Michael Flatley took to art.  One of his pieces, entitled Finishing Line, is at €40,000-€60,000, the second most expensively estimated item in the auction. UPDATE: THE FINISHING LINE ARTWORK MADE 37,000 AT HAMMER

    19th century billiard table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,600 AT HAMMER


    Monday, April 6th, 2015

    The art of the Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley features large at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS on April 20. The two most expensively estimated lots on the catalogue are by the Riverdance artist. The Power, from the Castlehyde Private Collection, is estimated at 70,000-90,000, Flight of the Quetzal at  40,000-50,000. Global celebrity is a powerful tool and outsider art is popular.  Nevertheless estimates like that are light years ahead of the work of many long established Irish artists, living and dead, in the O’Driscoll catalogue.

    An emerging artist, Michael Flatley creates his art by dancing on the canvas. In advance of his first exhibition, entitled “Art of the Dance” and due to be held in London this summer, he has sold privately from Castlehyde. One of his works made 22,500 at Sheppards in Durrow late last year.

    (See post on for April 1, 2015).

    The Power by Michael Flatley

    The Power by Michael Flatley  UPDATE: THIS MADE 77,500 AT HAMMER

    Flight of the Quetzal by Michael Flatley.

    Flight of the Quetzal by Michael Flatley.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 44,000 AT HAMMER.