Controversial Swab Withdrawn

Following objections from the family of historical Irish figure Michael Collins a swab used to wipe his corpse has been withdrawn from Whyte’s Historical Artifacts Auction.  Yesterday a lock of his hair was correctly withdrawn from the sale after his grandniece made an appeal that it was an insult to the Collins family to have it sold in an auction.  The lock of hair is to be given to the National Museum.  The vendor of the swab yielded to the Collins family appeals but what is to be done with it is yet unknown.  One suggestion is that it should be interred with his remains.  The outcome has been favourable to the Collins family and proper respect shown for Michael Collins.

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Contents of Mount Congreve To Be Auctioned

The contents of Mount Congreve, Co. Waterford to be auctioned this summer will reveal many hidden treasures, all part of the estate of the late Ambrose Congreve who died age 104 last May.  He was an avid collector and purchased many items from some of the great houses of England.  Mount Congreve near the village of Kilmeaden will eventually pass to the state but it is expected that many of the antiques will find their way back to England and some possibly to the Chinese market.  The vast amount of antiques will be sold on July 10th and 11th during a two day sale which will be held by Mealys of Castlecomer (www.mealys.com for further information) in conjunction with Christies who will sell 120 lots separately in London in May.

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“The Scream”

 

 

The famous painting titled “The Scream” by Edvard Munch will go on show in London for the first time prior to its sale in New York on May 2nd where it is expected to fetch $80 million

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Cézanne Painting Found

Police in Serbia have recovered a painting by Cézanne which was stolen four years ago.  Boy in a Red Waistcoat was thought to be worth in the region of £145 million!

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Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds

Having already written about the auction of Miss Taylor’s jewel collection i want to bring your attention to a program to air at 9pm next wednesday which with the help of Christies show the life of the film star through her jewellery.  A must for any fans of either Ms Taylor or diamonds.

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Tiffany Lamps

Seven of the finest examples of Tiffany lamps will be auctioned by Christie’s on June 14th.  The lamps are owned by Norman Jay Hobday aka “Henry Afrika”, a collector from San Francisco who is iconoclastic in San Franciscan lore as owner of several bars and nightclubs.  The Daffodil, Wisteria and Laburnum lamps are three of the seven lamps for sale which bring to mind a bygone era and are expected to make in excess of $2 million.

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Diamonds, Diamonds Everywhere!

The catchphrase of the month is “Flawless Diamond” as some exceptional pieces come to the market.  The most famous is the “Martian Pink” which is a pink flawless 12.04 carat stone from 1976 the year of the first US mission to Mars, thence the name.  It is one of only two known large round flawless pink stones and will cause a stir when it comes up  for sale next month.  The second example is owned by Queen Elizabeth and was presented to her on the occasion of her wedding in 1947.  The Martian Pink is expected to sell for between $8 to $10 million.  Meanwhile the private collection of jewellery owned by Mrs. Lily Safra will be auctioned in Geneva next month and estimated to make in excess of $20 million.  Three solitaire rings (a ruby, a diamond and a sapphire), are each the finest example of stone in terms of weight (over 30 carats), and colour and are on offer with 67 more lots of fine, antique and period jewellery.  In particular the diamond is flawless and will be the highlight of the sale.  The owner Mrs. Safra, the billionaire widow of a Lebanese banker, is to divide the proceeds from the “Jewels For Hope” auction between 20 charities.

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Your Very Own Picasso!

Christie’s will auction a collection of Picasso ceramics at affordable prices and it is a chance to own your own piece by the renowned artist.  550 ceramic works will be sold in June and all of them will be fresh to the market coming directly from Madoura Pottery private collection.  Christie’s state that it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a quality piece with a known provenance.  Estimates range from £100 to £100,000

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Carnival Glass

Carnival glass which has up to now rarely made elevated prices and were not so desirable among collectors have finally made their entrance onto the antique scale.  A pair of green carnival glass dishes which seem quite ordinary in appearance made a record price of £2350 in a recent sale in England.  It proves that there is a collector for every class of item!

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Beware of Titanic Memorabilia

With the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic much “authentic” items have been surfacing over the past weeks.  I strongly urge you to delve into the provenance of the artifacts for sale.  The first telegraph to reach the Belfast Evening Standard will be sold in Dublin next month and is expected to make in excess of €30,000.00

Also coming to auction for the centenary are various menus from the boat and thought to make between £43,000 up to £100,000.  Collectors will probably pay more for the keys to the first class toilets and keys to the storerooms as they also make their way to auction.

If you are offered Titanic memorabilia at incredibly low prices then you most probably will be buying fakes.  Please be vigilant!

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