Luxford collection gets stamp of approval

One of a number of first day covers, this one commemorating the Irish poet, singer and songwriter Thomas Moore, at Woodward's stamp auction in Cork today.

A diverse collection will draw the crowds to Woodward’s sale today, writes Des O’Sullivan.

More than 150 lots from the stamp collection of John Luxford come under the hammer at Woodwards in Cork today. It is part one of a series of auctions of the archive of this well-known Cork collector, considered to be one of the finest collections of stamps in Ireland. There is much of Irish interest from An Post first day covers to an Irish heritage block collection, early Irish first day covers, commemorative stamps, sheets and albums.

There are stamps from Great Britain, France; Greece; Finland; Norway; Vatican first day covers and East German stamps, as well as world albums and stockbooks. The sale starts at noon and is on view today from 10am. ¦ Fresh from an exciting viewing in Skibbereen last weekend Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and British art auction takes place at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin at 6pm on Monday.

This is a broadly-based sale with low estimates from €300 to high estimates of €30,000 for a small oil on board by Yeats. There will be undoubted Cork interest in an 1795 etching by James Barry entitled Reserved Knowledge (€2,000 to €3,000); an interior of the church of St Roch in Paris by James Mahoney (€5,000 to €7,000), and a portrait of a milkmaid entitled Little Peggy by the Bandon born artist Charles Henry Cook (€7,000 to €10,000).

There are screenprints by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Banksy and a Picasso plate to whet international appetites. There is Irish art by James Humbert Craig and Gladys MacCabe; John Kingerlee; Arthur Maderson; Ciaran Lennon; Markey Robinson; Mark O’Neill; Graham Knuttel and others. Viewing is at Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4 from noon to 8pm tomorrow and 10am to 4pm on Monday.


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