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    Sunday, November 29th, 2020

    Irish collectors are faced with a dizzying array of online choices in a whole series of end of year sales in the run up to Christmas.  Historically rare archival items, collectibles, antique furniture, Irish glass, porcelain, jewellery, silver and art will all come under the hammer. And there will be a series of major art sales in Dublin from December 7. The Woodwards online sale in Cork on December 5 offers a good selection of antique furniture, rugs, collectibles and art.  There is a set of eight Cork 11-bar chairs (€2,500-4,000); a GCeorgian secretaire (€1,000-€1,500); an Edwardian drawingroom suite (€1,000-€1,500) and a pair of Waterford Crystal chandeliers (€800-1,500).
    At Sixmilebridge in Co. Clare Aidan Foley has a four day online sale with more than 2,000 lots starting on December 5 with a large collection of books, records and CD’s.  This will be followed by auctions of antique furniture, mirrors, Persian rugs and art on the following three days.  One of the prime lots is a large Killarney davenport with an estimate of €6,000-€8,000. The Collectors Cabinet sale by Mullens of Laurel Park, postponed from October, takes place on December 5.  More than 500 lots of all sorts of everything from books and cinema posters to a facsimile of the Book of Kells, Irish Republican memorabilia and a collection of nearly 4,000 football programmes including the famous Irish v Germany games in 1936 when the Tricolour was published alongside the flag of Nazi Germany are due to come under the hammer.

    In Dublin James Adam is running a timed online only At Home sale until December 2.  There is silver, jewellery and watches, antique furniture, old Irish glass, art and collectibles with nearly 600 lots to chose from. More than 900 lots will come under the hammer online at a two day Christmas auction by Sean Eacrett of Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on December 5 and 6. The sale contents from an antique shop and a stamp collection.

    A pair of Waterford Crystal chandeliers at Woodwards


    Saturday, October 24th, 2020

    IN an era of fake news and false cures it is well to be reminded that perspectives change and judgement is fairest when not delivered with 20:20 hindsight. One lot at Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet sale in Laurel Park, Bray on October 31 pairs the Swastika decorated Nazi German flag with the Irish tricolour and recalls a day of straight arm salutes at Dalymount Park in Dublin in 1936. Hitler had been Chancellor for three years, Germany had already violated the Treaty of Versailles, a concentration camp had just opened near Berlin.  But Auschwitz, Belsen and the attempted implementation of Final Solution were all in the future, German finances were strong, Berlin had hosted the Olympic Games. When Ireland defeated Germany by five goals to two at Dalymount Park the Nazi party was popular and there was little inkling of the darkness soon to descend on Europe and the world.  The visitors were feted.

    Mullens auction includes the collection of Christy Rooney from The Liberties, a lifelong Manchester United and Ireland supporter. Nearly 4,000 programmes will be offered in 64 lots with estimates from €60-€700. Among them is one of the most sought after Irish programmes, the Ireland v Germany match of 1936.  Lot 471 is estimated at €600-€800.  A 1986 facsimile of the Book of Kells is estimated at €5,000-€7,000.  Lot 455 is the Broadcast Favourite gold medal awarded to Count John McCormack by the American Radio Exposition Company in 1925. This  is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.  There are 1916 Rising and Irish War of Independence medals, books including an 1849 post office directory and calendar, militaria including swords and percussion pistols, and a large selection of collectible items including film posters.  There is an added poignancy to lot 448, the 1964 Goldfinger poster as Margaret Nolan, the actress whose gold painted body featured in the film, has just died of cancer aged 76 and Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore, died earlier this year.



    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

    A bygone era in Kerry, when deals were done in smoke filled rooms at the County Kerry Club in Denny St., Tralee, is recalled in a lot coming up at Mullen’s classic and contemporary interiors online sale at Laurel Park, Bray on August 24. Established in the early 1830’s the County Kerry Club, at 9/10 Denny St., numbered Daniel O’Connell and his brother John among its members and offered both dining rooms and accommodation.  Lot 458 is an inscribed silver tea service presented in 1866 by the members to Richard Chute Mason, club secretary.  It is estimated at €2,500-€3,000. Among the other lots on offer is a pair of monumental sandstone garden urns, each over two metres high. Their Irish owners shipped them from their home in Beverly Hills to  the grounds of their home in south Dublin when they returned to live here. They are estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

    Kerry silver tea service. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, July 5th, 2020

    Within weeks of smuggling guns from Germany to the Irish Volunteers on board the Asgard in 1914 Robert Erskine Childers was called up. His call up papers were delivered to the headquarters of the Irish Volunteers, a move akin today to asking a white supremacist to speak at a Black Lives Matter rally. The author of The Riddle of the Sands became a decorated British naval officer.  His sword in gilt brass and leather scabbard is lot 91 at Mullen’s Collector’s Cabinet auction in Bray next Saturday (July 11).  Engraved “R E Childers” it is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. Robert Erskine Childers was executed in 1922 by the nascent Irish Free State during the Civil War.   Erskine Childers, the Fianna Fail politician who became Ireland’s fourth president, was his son.

    The Collector’s Cabinet is a postponed sale originally scheduled for March 28.  The 572 lots can be viewed online at The Saleroom.  Among them are a copy of Error of Judgement by Chris Mullin signed by the author, the Birmingham Six and solicitor Gareth Peirce. It is estimated at €300-€500.  There are 110 lots of Irish and international bank notes from the collection of Patrick Browne, secretary of the Cork Philatelic Society who began collecting banknotes in the 1990’s.  Estimates range from €80-€2,500.  Among the scarcest of the sporting lots are a competitors badge from the 1908 London Olympic Games and an officials badge from the 1924 Paris Games, immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire.

    Robert Erskine Childers naval officers sword. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,200 AT HAMMER


    Monday, March 16th, 2020

    ALL auctions at Adams in Dublin have been postponed temporarily. The Collector’s Cabinet auction scheduled for Mullen’s of Laurel Park on March 28 has also been postponed.

    The sale scheduled for Hegarty’s in Bandon on March 22 will go ahead as an online only auction. E-mail the auctioneer for condition reports, absentee bids or telephone bids. The two day sale by Matthews of Oldcastle in Kells on March 21 and 22 will go ahead.

    MIDI” at Hegarty’s online only sale in Bandon. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Monday, November 18th, 2019

    There is nothing new about dirty tricks in political campaigns as illustrated by lot 48 at Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet auction at Laurel Park, Bray on November 23. The newspaper billboard poster for the Star headlines: “Parnell cross-examined”.  This was at a special commission set up by Gladstone’s government to investigate various charges against Parnell and his Home Rule party.  The basis was a letter in The Times in which Parnell appeared to give explicit support, after the fact, to the Phoenix Park murders.  The commission sat for 128 days to November 1889.  The following February one of the witnesses, Richard Piggott, admitted having forged the letters, then fled to Madrid and shot himself. Parnell’s name was fully cleared.

    A first edition of Ulysses, a pro-Treaty campaign poster for the 1922 general election, an electric guitar signed by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits  and a leather flying helmet from a Polish Air Force bomber which crashed on the Carlow Laois border in 1943 are among the lots.  Viewing is from next Wednesday and the auction is at 11 am on Saturday.



    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    Stuart Purcell is to head up a new Collectibles division at Mullens of Laurel Park, Bray, heralding a new era of collectibles sales at the auction house. He has for the past five years been head of collectibles at Whyte’s, where he developed the highly successful “Eclectic Collector” series of sales. Stuart Purcell previously worked with James Adam and Adams Blackrock and established his own valuation firm, Orrs and Co., in 2009.

    Mullens plan to hold their first Collectibles auction next November.

    Stuart Purcell. Photograph Nick Bradshaw


    Friday, August 9th, 2019

    This Georgian sideboard is at Mullen’s classic temporary and interiors sale at Laurel Park, Bray on August 12. It is estimated at 1,200-1,800. The auction of more than 680 lots features antique furniture, porcelain and a wide variety of collectible items. The catalogue is online.

    A Georgian sideboard at Mullen’s of Laurel Park.