Russborough treasures fetch €1.3m at auction
A RARELY seen collection of Chinese ceramics from one of Ireland's finest stately homes has sold at auction for twice the estimates.
The 20 oriental treasures from the Sir Alfred Beit collection raised almost €1.3m which will be used to secure the future of Russborough House near Blessington, Co Wicklow.
Auctioneers at Sotheby's in London said the interest greatly exceeded expectations.
"It was a privilege for Sotheby's to offer these exquisite pieces which came to auction with exceptional provenance. Sir Alfred made considered choices when selecting objects for his collection, with the emphasis on quality and design, and these criteria are valued highly by today's collectors."