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01 400 2014

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Anglo Irish Art Collection

Hopes that Anglo Irish Bank’s art collection might raise vital money for the state have been dashed on discovery that of the 320 pieces that the State took ownership of when it bailed out the disgraced bank only 100 are considered to be of some considerable value.  100 of the paintings are deemed to be […]

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Search For Favourite Painting

RTE has launched a search for Ireland’s favourite painting.  This painting must be hanging in a gallery and inspire or move you in some way.  Suggestions will be narrowed down to a manageable level and a documentary based on the shortlisted paintings will air in April.  The public will be asked to vote on the […]

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Selling Silver For Scrap

Antique Dealers have come together to urge people not to sell Irish silver, (which has a worldwide reputation for quality), for scrap no matter what price is offered.  People may not be aware of the antique value attached to a certain Irish piece or an Irish silversmith.  If the silver is provincial i.e. coming from […]

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Charles Lamb Exhibition

An exhibition of Charles Lamb paintings, (The Lamb In Connemara Exhibition), is running in Adams Ava Gallery, Bangor, Co. Down and will run until February 24th.  The 38 paintings are on loan from private collectors and it is a rare opportunity to view the work of the Armagh born artist who specialised in landscapes and images […]

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New Exhibition Centre For Belfast

Belfast will open the doors of its new exhibition centre in April at a cost of £18 million.  The Metropolitan Arts Centre will be popularly known as the MAC and will contain two theatres, three art galleries, a dance studio and a rehearsal area.  One of the first exhibitions will be of artist LS Lowry […]

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Most Expensive Painting In The World

Despite months of speculation curiosity in the Art world can now be sated by the knowledge that the most expensive painting in the world is Cezanne’s “The Card Players”.  It is one of a series of five paintings, the other four housed in famous galleries, and made a cool £158 million when it was sold […]

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Bronze of Mary McAleese

A bronze bust of our ex-president, Mary McAleese, will be unveiled in the coming weeks when it will take its place beside other busts of our presidents in the Francini Corridor of the Arás.  It was commissioned in 1999 but the Dept of Public Works held off on installing the bust until Mary McAleese had […]

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Mona Lisa Copy

Experts in Madrid have discovered that a painting believed to have been from a date after Leonardo Da Vinci’s death is actually a painting by one of Da Vinci’s students and will help art historians gain more knowledge on the mysterious lady.  Mona Lisa is believed to have been Lisa Gherardini, wife of a wealthy Florentine […]

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Condition Vs Provenance?

A white porcelain imperfect Meissen lioness created a stir when it sold for €1,100,000.00 in Lempertz auction rooms in Germany.  The lioness was fired in one piece and is seated on its hind legs with its head turned slightly to its right.  Despite a network of thin hairline cracks on its back, two further deeper cracks and a tail […]

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Elizabeth Taylor Painting

A painting owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for $2million in Christies auction in New York.  “Portrait of a Man” was painted by the Dutch Master Frans Hals in 1630s.  Previously owned by Taylor’s art dealer father, he gave it to her in the 1950s and the work had been overlooked until it came up for auction.  Taylor loved […]

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