A painting carrying an estimate of just €500 to €800 sold in James Adam’s salerooms yesterday (9th April) for €120,000.
‘Jesus Wearing the Crown of Thorns‘ a 19th century oil on copper panel, measuring 13″ x 9.5″ contained in an ornate carved and gilded frame. slipped beneath the auctioneer’s radar, but with the availability of online viewing and bidding it caught the attention of overseas buyers. That it has gone abroad is of no great loss to Ireland, and the vendors and auctioneers are laughing all the way to the bank! That is unless it appears at Sotheby’s or Christie’s with a seven-figure price tag.
Thanks to Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian Antique Fairs I am able to offer all followers of the site FREE admission to his forthcoming fair at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan – full details below. This offer will not be available anywhere else so be sure to print out the voucher if you’re going to the fair.
Another year nearly ticked off and what an annus horribilis it’s been – I’ll be glad to escape into 2017! On the positive side, interest in “Collect Ireland” has continued to grow and I even managed to find time to add the new “Art For Art’s Sake” site during the year. I would like to thank all those of you who have kept me updated about events during the year and the small group of ‘premium‘ subscribers who are helping to keep the show on the road. Early in the New Year the site will pass 2 million hits and then some serious decisions will have to be taken about the future. So that’s it, take care and have a very Happy Christmas and see you in the New Year.