Last Chance To Bag a Genuine Antique

Day two of the Antiques Fair in The RDS is over and what better way to spend a few hours.  The weather was great and the atmosphere electric as people saw their dream items in full splendour.  And what better setting than the RDS to showcase them!

You have one more day to bag a bargain and be assured that you buy safe as only the best antique dealers have their goods on view.  They stand behind each of the pieces for sale and what better way to invest for the future than to buy an antique and safeguard some money while at the same time have enjoyment of the item until you are ready to sell it on.   Doors open from 11am tomorrow and close at 6pm.  Your last chance so get going!

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Antiques Fair Off To A Good Start

The annual Antiques Fair was off to a good start in the RDS yesterday with a steady crowd hoping to bag that bargain.  The numbers are expected to increase over the weekend and there is something to suit every budget from small collectibles to large pieces of furniture.  Every branch and period of the Antiques world is represented and if only to browse it is a good way to while away a few hours on over the weekend.  A good quality piece as a tangible asset is more likely to net you a far greater profit in these recessionary times.

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Birthday Present With A Difference

A father who gave his son a painting for his 12th birthday in the 1950s would have been overjoyed to know that his gift had been very intuitive.  The painting in question was “The Novelist” by Jack B Yeats and is set to make in excess of €100,000 when it comes to auction next week.  It is a testament to the father who gave such a gift and to his son who loved the painting and held on to it for all those years.

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Irish International Art & Antiques Fair

The Irish International Art & Antiques Fair will take place in the Main Hall Complex of the RDS, Dublin from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th of March 2012.  The opening hours are from 11am on each of the days until 9pm on Friday, 7pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.  Come along and buy with confidence, only quality items on offer.

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Rare Leonardo Found

Experts are one step closer to proving that a rare lost work by Leonardo Da Vinci is painted on a hidden cavity on a wall in Florence’s Town Hall.  The work entitled “The Battle Of Alghiari” has been hidden for the last five centuries.  Tiny holes drilled in a frieze hiding the cavity has allowed experts to insert a probe and take samples of the paint used on the painting.  They can now date those samples to the same time as The Mona Lisa and the type of paint corresponds with the paint Leonardo used.

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War Time Memorabilia

As part of a world wide initiative there is a unique opportunity to have your wartime memorabilia and stories recorded next Wednesday 21st of March from 10am to 7pm.  The National Library in Kildare Street will be the venue for this history roadshow as archivists attempt to document and digitize anything relating to the First World War in preparation for the centenary in 2014.  All documents and items will be photographed, scanned and uploaded to a central European database.  They need your stories so please support this worthwhile project and have your family connection to the war documented for posterity.

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Lorenzl Makes Record Price

In the latest Woolley & Wallis auction a Joseph Lorenzl piece of a 1920s nude cold painted bronze dancer made a record price of £5800 plus fees,having had a guide price of £2000. The market of these bronzes was dominated by Chiparus, Preiss but now Lorenzl is up there with them. Having sold some great Lorenzls to several clients i am happy to relate this news to them and to state that the investment has the potential to double on the initial outlay.

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Auction This Sunday

An auction of the house contents of 11 Orwell Road, Rathgar will take place this Sunday at 2pm with viewing from 11am-2pm Sunday or 11am-6pm Saturday.  Some quality items of furniture together with Irish silver and paintings.  Viewing a must!

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World’s Most Expensive Coin

The world’s most expensive coin is on show in the Museum of Modern Art in The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham today and tomorrow.  The 1933 double eagle coin was designed by a Dublin man, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and only 13 of the coins are known to exist despite the fact that 445,500 were minted.  The 1933 coins were never circulated because of the Great Depression and most of them were melted down making the 13 that survive  the most valuable coins in the world.  A team of security guards travels with the coin which is to be exhibited in European countries and has an estimated value of $7-8 million.

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Beau Sancy Diamond For Auction

The famous Beau Sancy diamond, weighing in at just under a staggering 35 carats, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on May 15th.  The diamond was given by Henry IV and given to his wife on the occasion of her coronation to Queen Consort in 1610.  She wore it in her crown.  It has passed hands several times, owned by the Royal Families of France, England and Prussia.  Currently it is owned by the head of the Royal House of Prussia, Prince Georg Friedrich.  The provenance of the diamond can be traced back to the 1580’s and was once even used to settle Mary Stuart’s debts.  Hailing from the same mines as The Hope Diamond, Sotheby’s have placed a guide estimate of between $2 to $4 million.

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