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Monday 19 March 2018

'Winnie the Pooh' a snip at just €1,200

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

Thousands are expected to turn out to grab some bargains at the Irish Antique Dealers Fair in the RDS, which began on Thursday and runs until tomorrow.

The event was opened by Judith Miller from BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'. It has had its most successful start in five years, largely thanks to reduced prices.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Miller said it was encouraging to see people spending again after what had been a tough few years for the industry.

"Everybody's suffering from the recession, but I think we're getting to the stage where people are saying, 'Actually, why put money in a bank? Why not have something in your house that you enjoy?'" she added.

Unusual items on display include two first-edition 'Winnie the Pooh' books offered at €1,200 each.

Two volumes of the 'Ornamental Arts of Japan', dating from 1882 and priced in excess of €5,000 are also on display.

John Farrington and John Brereton are among the jewellery dealers offering a vast selection of rings, necklaces and broaches.

This year's show includes, for the first time, high-end Irish contemporary design.

Admission is €10 and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Irish Independent

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