GAA beats rugby at Whyte’s sale of sport and entertainment memorabilia

The scoreline at Whyte’s sale of sport and entertainment memorabilia on Monday could be summed up as GAA one, rugby nil. And James Bond trumped Madonna.

GAA beats rugby at Whyte’s sale of sport and entertainment memorabilia

A 1912 nine-carat gold medal inscribed: ‘All Ireland F’ball C’ship 1912. Won by Louth’ sold for a hammer price of €6,400.

The county won two All Irelands in the three years from 1910-1912. They won another in 1957 and have not won since.

But what was billed as the oldest international rugby shirt, an 1899 Irish shirt with an embroidered spray of shamrock worn by Billy Byron of Derry, did not sell.

It had been estimated at €25,000-€30,000.

On a sadder sporting note, a football signed by the Manchester United team in 1957, including seven of the eight players killed in the Munich air disaster, made €6,000.

Posters for From Russia with Love and Thunderball made €5,200 and €3,000 at hammer, but a dress worn by Madonna on her Like a Virgin tour failed to sell.

A signed poster showing the artist nude and hitchhiking made €1,400.

A Regency Cork sofa table with a top estimate of €1,600 made €2,600 at Mealy’s Christmas sale in Castlecomer.

A Georgian sideboard, billed as possibly Cork, sold for €1,300 at hammer over a top estimate of €1,100.

A Louis Vuitton vanity case made €1,100; a Constitution Committee photograph taken in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin in 1922 made €550 and a 68-page report from 1921 of a trades union investigation into the burning of Cork, made €240.

A complete set of 1908-1915 limited edition broadsides illustrated by Jack B Yeats was the top lot at the James Adam auction of the Tim Vignoles collection in Dublin on Monday.

It made €6,000 at hammer.

Nativity work sells for €2,100

This watercolour of the nativity by Richard King sold for a hammer price of €2,100 at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Dublin on Tuesday.

It was one of a number of works and stained glass designs for St. Columba’s Church in South Perth, Australia by the artist, who worked at the Harry Clarke studio before setting up on his own in 1940.

They all sold for various prices from €2,100 to €4,800.

UCC bought an inscribed first edition (1854) of George Boole’s theory which led to the creation of the internet, for €11,000 at hammer.

Boole was the first Professor of Mathematics at the college, which this year celebrated the bicentenary of the birth in 1815 of the inventor of Boolean logic.

It is inscribed by Boole: “To Mrs. Hill, with the Author’s respects”.

A first edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula made €4,100.

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