An Auctioneer's Lot
by Damien MatthewsNew Blog Posts on Fridays
News comes to me via The Financial Times of a grisly souvenir from the French Revolution that went up for auction last week; a working guillotine. Offered in a Nantes salesroom it fetched €40,000. Not a bad price but considerably less than what was paid three years before at Drouot in Paris where it fetched [...]
Another delicate aspect of the business is non-brides, or rather refused proposals & broken engagements. My role as comforter is key before the unwanted ring can be sold. This task sometimes rests uneasy but again, business is business, my job is to get the lots in for sale. Staying emotionally detached is vital. In some [...]
Another amusing recollection from my old actor friend. The great stage actor Christopher Plummer was booked to play the lead in a London production of Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus. Cast rehearsals began. Plummer, albeit one of the greatest actors of his generation had a bit of a problem – he was prone to arrogance. Frustratingly he [...]
Dudley Sutton, an accomplished actor and a jovial man of Socialist leanings, passed away recently. He was probably best known for playing the role of Tinker Dill in the BBC series Lovejoy. A few weeks before the end he asked to visit his favourite haunt The French in Soho for one last time. An old [...]
The sounds of banging, sawing and boiling cups of tea accompany this blog. Tremendous work going on altogether across in the yard, Donald Trump wouldn’t be in it.
Snatched a day off last week. To London, calling by Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams (what extraordinary new rooms they’ve rebuilt) to view their auctions. Now that’s how [...]
Definitely time for a larger office area. We’ve just held two successful auctions on the trot, one here in the auction room two weeks ago and that Dublin house clearance a week ago. With another auction scheduled just the week after next in Oldcastle, and then our Annual Fine Sale at Headfort House just a [...]
Unceasing trays of drink at last Saturday’s Hunt Ball, full congratulations to Niall Daly of Clonabreany House for putting on such a good show, a memorable evening – only some of which I can remember. Vague recollection haunts of auctioning off four days hunting in America for only €3,600 – tremendous value considering the way [...]
Writing this from Kochi, a city known as Queen of the Arabian Sea. Hopefully I’ll be back just in time for our next auction, February 11th. Vincent manning the controls while I am away. Absolutely hectic since Christmas, indeed right through it too, so a well-earned rest. Kochi, an important spice trading centre on [...]
Informed by the housekeeper of this development I arrange to call by a few evenings later. Over a glass he reveals that he has a son whom he hasn’t seen in years. Not up to much seemingly but harmless enough. There hadn’t been much communication, and for this, I later find out, the son held [...]
Appearances might be given from these blogs that my days are filled with visits to the big houses of Ireland. But this isn’t quite true – small, medium, old, big or new I visit them all. Most just bring in salesroom fodder requiring clearance, with the odd gem thrown in. However, if luck is onside, [...]
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