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Wednesday 21 February 2018

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.

Irish Independent

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