An Auctioneer's Lot
by Damien MatthewsNew Blog Posts on Fridays
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, [...]
Something interesting has just rolled in the door for our annual April Fine Sale at Headfort – a marble bust of a vicar dated 1831 by the sculptor Thomas Sharp (1805 – 1882). Not any old vicar you understand, but Augustus FitzClarance. Nothing too remarkable about that you might say, until you discover that Augustus [...]
This business reminds me of a television comic drama of my youth, about a vet and his practice in the Yorkshire Dales. He too never knew when the phone would ring, who would be at the other end of the line, what the situation would be or where he would be asked to go. Certainly [...]
Modern technology really is a wonderful thing, for me anyway. It allows possible consignors to send in photographs by text or email thereby cutting down on the shoe leather, it really has. Couldn’t imagine the seventies and eighties, miles and miles in the car with absolutely no idea what was going to be at the [...]
Some price for that triptych of Lucian Freud sold last week in London, $140,000,000 or thereabouts, including fees! Money has become so valueless at the very top end by those who create it that even though this work was no masterpiece it still made an extraordinary amount. Most of the new money buying the highest [...]
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