Country house auction whips up €1m storm
AN auction of more than 800 items, including furniture and paintings from Irish country houses, exceeded expectations with a €1m hammer price yesterday, writes Grainne Cunningham.
But the biggest surprise of the day at the Adam's auction of country house collectables was the final offer for two 19th-Century Chinese vases.
Lot 173 had a guide estimate of between €600 and €800 but the vases were sold to an Australian dealer for €42,000.
Other highlights included the sale of the great wine cistern of the Creaghs, billed as the largest wine cooler on sale in the country, which went for €55,000 to a telephone bidder.
A riding whip that once belonged to the Empress of Austria fetched €37,000 from a bidder in the Channel Islands.
Ten works by Marianne Caroline Hamilton all sold above their guide price, fetching a total just short of €60,000, with one selling for €23,000.