Michael Collins’ final written words among auction lots before Christmas
Without wishing to prematurely mention the upcoming December festivities, many of us may be lucky enough to spend the season with loved ones after a long and stressful interlude. The beauty of auctions is that you will always find interesting gifts, and since all auctioneers now sell online, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to bid.
Auctioneer Laois Sean Eacrett will host a second-hand clothing auction today, with 700 lots, including shoes from Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Prada, Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren. The sale also includes six Chanel lots including four pairs of shoes, a belt and a rather pretty Audrey Hepburn-style straw hat, perfect if you plan to take a scooter around Rome (â¬ 60-100).
On Sunday and Tuesday, Kells auctioneer Damien Matthews will organize a big sale of over 1,000 lots. From a unique collection, an original Irish Easter Proclamation 1916 was purchased at the Adam’s Independence sale in 2006 (â¬ 120,000 to â¬ 140,000). Also of political interest, an original framed note and an envelope of the last written words of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins (â¬ 7,000 to â¬ 12,000). The provenance of this article is interesting because it comes from the library of the late Donall Ã MÃ³rÃ¡in, former director general of Gael Linn and the RTÃ Authority, which was given to him by his uncle FionÃ¡n Lynch, an associate of Collins and minister of Education to the first DÃ¡il.
The sale is also full of works of art, including works by John Behan, and from the estate of Luggala, Three Men with Curragh, by Edward Delaney (â¬ 3,000 to â¬ 5,000).
Cavan-based auctioneer Victor Mee will host an online-only Christmas decorative interiors sale on Wednesday and Thursday, featuring more than 900 interior pieces, including artwork, prints and antique furniture. Highlights include a 1940s French tanned leather upholstered sofa (â¬ 500-600) and a pair of good quality hand-dyed wingback wingback chairs (â¬ 1,000-2,000). A rare illuminated, double-sided outdoor Guinness clock from the 1950s is priced between â¬ 1,500 and â¬ 2,500, while a framed front page of the original Boston Daily Globe title of “Titanic Sinks” fetch between â¬ 400 and â¬ 600.
Meanwhile, on December 7 and 8, at the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan, Fonsie Mealy will host her Christmas sale of rare books and collectors for spirit gift lovers. It includes the library of the late Professor Michael Herity and other items of general interest.
The first batch of a most interesting catalog is from 1570, a first edition, second issue of Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, known as the atlas that changed the world. It was the first atlas in the world (40,000 â¬ – 60,000 â¬). And most relevant in today’s climate across the pond is another document that has shaped the world: a declaration of independence from the United States, an original engraved facsimile copy – limited to 200 copies from July 4, 1776 – and only one of a dozen in private hands. The copy has direct provenance to prominent Irish-American lawyer and politician Charles O’Connor (â¬ 20,000 to â¬ 30,000).
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