Northern Ireland


Arms & Armour: Lock and load, old style

13 November 2023

Key and pistol combination stands out in a comprehensive firearms collection offered during a dedicated sale staged on home turf


Ulster Museum buys a Renoir – the first Impressionist painting to enter a Northern Irish public collection

13 June 2023

National Museums NI has bought Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s (1841-1919) L’allée au bois via the government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme for the Ulster Museum.


Jewellery given ‘by Edward to Wallis’

01 May 2023

A 1920s-30s platinum and 18ct gold french diamond and emerald bracelet and a ring said to have been given by Edward VIII to Wallis Simpson sold for £42,000 (guide £25,000-35,000).

Breeches Bible

‘Breeches’ Bible buoyant in Belfast with alluring New World pilgrim provenance

23 January 2023

Copies of the 1615 reprint of the Geneva or ‘Breeches’ Bible are not too scarce.


De Morgan belter in Belfast

17 May 2021

Bloomfield Auctions (15% buyer’s premium) in Belfast achieved a house record on May 11 with the sale of this William De Morgan vase for £15,000.


Belfast fair back again

02 March 2020

Irish provincial silver is always sought after. The c.1790 silver sauceboat pictured below by John Nicholson of Cork is a rare example.


Belfast event is just the first

06 January 2020

Organisers of the new Northern Irish fair have already booked two more dates at hotel venue


Based on a Belfast boom time

11 November 2019

As Belfast capitalises on its Titanic history and the TV series Game of Thrones attracting visitors, two enterprising local antiques dealers are seizing the moment to start a new fair in the city.


Worcester mug rides crest of bidding wave

23 September 2019

While typically it is the very earliest pieces of Worcester porcelain from the 1750s that excite the market, there is always great interest in documentary pieces.


A new fair sails into Belfast at Titanic Hotel

19 August 2019

As Belfast capitalises on its Titanic history and locally filmed TV series Game of Thrones, two enterprising dealers are seizing the moment to launch a new fair.


Find a bit of Down time at Northern Irish festival

01 July 2019

The month-long Open House Festival held throughout August in the seaside town of Bangor in Co Down, kicks off earlier this year on Saturday, July 6, with a big vintage event held by the festival organisers.


More Bangor for your buck as vintage festival is held

06 August 2018

Every year in the seaside town of Bangor, south of Belfast, a small, local and dedicated team puts on an ambitious month-long programme of concerts, dance, arts and literary events, plus food and wine evenings.

Days Wine Wardrobes

‘Days Of Wine & Wardrobes’ – tales of an ex-auctioneer in Northern Ireland make for debut novel

17 January 2018

The former owner of Temple Auctions in Northern Ireland, Felicity Graham, has written a novel based on her experiences in the business titled ‘Days Of Wine & Wardrobes’.


Thousands of Titanic artefacts to be sold after owner goes bankrupt

04 July 2017

A court in the US will decide the fate of more than 5500 Titanic artefacts after the company that owns them filed for bankruptcy.

£2.3m crime spree ends with massive sale without reserve

03 July 2014

Wilsons Auctions of Mallusk and Portadown in Northern Ireland have sold off more than 1000 pieces of sci-fi memorabilia seized by police from a woman who stole £2.3m from her employers.


Ballyconneely view adds £6200 to the bottom line in Belfast

10 January 2013

The top lot at Ross’s sale in Belfast on December 5 was this painting ‘Ballyconneely Pony Show’ by Kenneth Webb (b.1927).


Staffordshire figurines at Northern Ireland auction

16 November 2012

The wide-ranging McKee Collection of Staffordshire figurines will feature in McAfee Auctions, November 23, in Ballymoney, County Antrim.

Adam’s take gallery space in Ulster

15 February 2010

DUBLIN auctioneers Adam’s are to open a new office in Northern Ireland – and take over the running of one of the province’s leading commercial galleries.

A box that helped grand plans go up in smoke…

02 May 2003

BELFAST was the city that built the Titanic and the connection between the doomed liner and the Northern Irish capital has always been strong. The news of the tragedy was devastating to the thousands of men who had worked on the ship, their families, and to all the people of Belfast, perhaps none more so than James Lord Pirrie, uncle of Thomas Andrews, the designer of the Titanic and chairman of Harland & Wolff, the famous shipyard where it was built.

A venerable event is reborn to challenge for the Irish title

29 August 2002

PLANS are well advanced for what looks set to become the major antiques fair of Belfast and, if the pre-launch activity is anything to judge by, Antiques and Arts International will be a contender for Ireland’s top fair.



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