Category Archives: Archived Antiques Auctions

Big Antiques Weekend in Cork City!

This weekend Cork is the place to be for Antique collectors with Robin O’Donnell’s (Hibernian Antique Fairs) two-day Fair at the International Hotel, Cork Airport; and Aidan Foley’s (Irish Country Home Auction) “On the Premises” sale at Aras Tara, Blackrock. Within a stone’s throw of each other it should be easy to take in both venues.

Strong prices at Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ Sale!

Some extraordinary prices at Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ sale last Saturday (14th May, 2016), but it was an unlikely candidate that stole the show: a well worn ten pound note from 1939 with an estimate of €1,200-1,500 was eventually knocked down for an incredible €10,500!


Above: Lot.306.  a Currency Commission Consolidated Banknote ‘Ploughman’ Provincial Bank of Ireland Ten Pound note – sold for €10,500 against its pre-sale estimate of €1,200-1,500.

Hill of Howth ticketsMGWR TICKET

Left: Lot.50. Six Great Northern Railway excursion tickets to the Hill of Howth – used in the outward direction only on April 24, 1916 (the 1st day of the Rising) – the return trains to the city all being cancelled; sold for €420 against a pre-sale estimate of €250-300. Right: Lot.49. a Midland Great Western Railway 3rd class race day special ticket to Fairyhouse sold for €380 against a pre-sale estimate of €300-500. This is probably the highest price ever paid for an Irish railway ticket – I’m open to correction.

Anyway, for those interested the full results, including unsold lots still available, may be found here:

I’m off to scour my attic!

Antiques & Fine Art Sale – Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare – Tuesday 17th May, 2016





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Latest information here:

Quality Furniture & Antiques at Larry O’Keeffe’s Clonmel Auction – Mon.11th April, 2016

O'Keefes APRIL 2016 SALE


Larry O’Keeffe Auctioneer

Eclectic Sale at Aidan Foley’s Galway Auction Rooms – Saturday April 9th

Truly something for everybody in the audience! Furniture, paintings, ceramics, books, musical instruments and much more besides. Be sure to check out the catalogue below.

Galway APRIL sale

And a quick taster to whet your appetite below.

Aidan Foley FINAL

Massive Spring Sale at Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare – Tuesday 1st March, 2016

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Massive Contents Sale at Adare Manor, Co.Limerick – Thursday 28th & Friday 29th January, 2016


1, 300+ Lots of High Quality Hotel Furnishings including Antique Furniture, Hotel Furniture & Fittings, Curtains & Carpets, Pictures & Prints, Catering Equipment, Food & Beverage Equipment, Shop Fittings, Garden Furniture, Gym and Spa Furniture.

Catalogue online here: catalogue gif

Limerick Leader article about the sale here

Victor Mitchell (Roscrea) – Antique & Decorative Interiors Auction – Wednesday 26th February, 2014

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Purcell’s (Birr) Auction has plenty of interest for enamel sign collectors!

70+ Lots of quality vintage enamel signs are included in Purcell’s (Birr) sale of Antiques & Collectables tomorrow Saturday 12th October. Some real gems here including several rare, double sided, AA signs (see below) and prices are now very competitive. For years the best of these signs were beyond the means of many private collectors and found their way into Irish theme pubs, but with changing tastes, and the decline of the pub trade, many items are now back on the market and at realistic prices.


In Victorian times the use of sheet steel coated in vitreous enamel became popular for advertising signs. It retained its bright colours for far longer than either paint or print. The heyday of the enamel sign was not long (1880/1910) and some place the start of their decline from popularity at the about the time that the railways stopped expanding. It seems that a more general downturn in the use of enamel signs began in the 1920’s with the Depression. Then in the Second World War the use of steel for advertising purposes was prohibited and many existing signs were recycled in the scrap metal drive.

Guinness sign

After the War fashions changed more rapidly than in the past, as did prices, so there was little point in such hard wearing signs whose message and price would inevitably be out of date long before the sign wore out. Indeed, such was the durability of the signs that many still turn up today in good condition after more than fifty years in use as a shed roof or some similar function.

The advertising is from an era before the product got lost in the message! Simple slogans such as ‘Guinness is good for you’ or ‘Brooke Bond Tea’ (illustrated here) with little else added were the norm.

Brooke Bond Tea

Catalogue pages for advertising signs: Catalogue icon

Full catalogue here: Catalogue icon