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01 400 2014

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“The White Stag” Group From 1940’s

Anyone interested in paintings by famous artists such as Basil Rakoczi, Kenneth Hall, will be able to view them in an exhibition until Feb 13th at Adams Showrooms, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.  The White Stag Group, founded in London in 1935,  moved to Ireland in 1939 where they stayed until after the Second World War.  […]

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Napoleon’s Snuff Box And Victoria’s Bloomers

A solid gold presentation snuff box, (monogrammed with N for Napoleon and one of 100 gold boxes the emperor had made in 1806 as gifts for his friends and diplomats), was sold by Bonhams for £58,850.  Meanwhile over in Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh auction a large pair of silk bloomers belonging to Queen Victoria made £9,375!

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Heirs Of Artists To Benefit From Resale

As and from January 1st 2012 the heirs of artists are entitled to a percentage of the sale price of works of art.  Currently this royalty only applies to living artists but the scheme has now been widened to any heir or estate of an artist for up to 70 years after the artist’s death.  […]

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“Portrait of Mary” by Sir John Lavery

A painting by Sir John Lavery entitled “Portrait of Mary” together with a letter from the artist to the sitter is to be auctioned by McTears next week.  Estimated between £8000-£12000 the painting by the Belfast born artist is expected to go for more than the guide price. UPDATE: Despite high expectation the painting failed […]

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Rare Beethoven Letter Discovered

A rare letter by composer Ludwig van Beethoven has been bequeathed to the Brahms Institute in Luebeck, Germany.  The six page letter written in 1823 bears the signature and original seal of the composer.  The letter is an attempt to sell his “Missa Solemnis” Mass and gives details of the personal circumstances of the composer, […]

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Irish Giant Deer Antlers To Be Auctioned

A sixteen point set of Irish Giant Deer antlers is to be auctioned by Christies on January 22nd.  The antlers date from circa 10500-8500 BC and measure 54″ high, 91 1/2″ wide and 34 1/2″ deep and are expected to make between £15000-£25000. UPDATE: The antlers made £43,250 well above the top guide price

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Irish Furniture Exhibition Opens in National Museum

The National Museum of Ireland houses an exhibition of Irish furniture at its furniture galleries in Collins Barracks.  This exhibition is unique because it shows the Irish furniture in the context of rooms of the period relevant to the pieces.  The list of Irish designers at the exhibit include Eileen Gray, Joseph Walsh, John Lee […]

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Farewell Letter By Scott Of The Antarctic To Be Sold

The farewell letter written by Scott of the Antarctic to his family is to be sold by Bonhams in March of this year.  In the letter Scott expresses his concerns, regrets and hopes for his family and friends as he faced certain death.  The letter was written in March of 1912, when Scott realised that […]

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Audrey Hepburn Dress Sells For £84000

The “Lucky” ivory coloured dress worn to the 1954 Oscars ceremony by iconic screen legend Audrey Hepburn was sold at the Kerry Taylor Auction Rooms in November 2011.  The dress designed by Edith Head appeared in the final scene of the 1952 film “Roman Holiday” for which Hepburn won the Oscar.  However, it was altered for the ceremony two years later in […]

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Imperial Vase Sells for £1million Over Highest Estimate

A stunning Chinese Imperial vase estimated between £6 and £8million sold for £9,001,250 in Bonhams London Asian Art Week.  The turquoise vase decorated with chrysanthemums was one of 700 lots offered for sale in the auction and was purchased by a telephone bidder.  Once again the record price highlights the increasing interest in Chinese artifacts and […]

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