Unique drawings by Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, are available at a Christie’s online auction which runs until December 17. The sale will benefit charities close to the artist’s heart, Greenpeace and Survival International.
Quentin Blake is one of today’s most recognised illustrators, known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, John Yeoman and, most famously, Roald Dahl.
He has also created much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia. Bidding starts at £100 (€118).
Works by Clare Langan, Sarah Walker, Dorothy Cross, Megan Eustace, Katherine Beucher Beug and Ita Freeney are available through the Fenton Art Consultancy in Cork. Nuala Fenton, whose eponymous Fenton Gallery on Wandsford Quay in Cork ran some very remarkable shows, now runs a consultancy at www.fentonconsultancy.com. Viewings are available by appointment.
A George III gold freedom box by William Reynolds of Cork sold for £23,000 sterling (€27,000) at Bonhams in London.A sculpted marble portrait bust of Benjamin Lee Guinness by John Henry Foley sold for £25,000 sterling (€30,000).
Hegarty’s, the Bandon-based auctioneers, will run a fine art appreciation course from next February. Lectures will take place at venues including Hayfield Manor Hotel, the Crawford Art Gallery, Doneraile Court, Fota House and the Cork Public Museum at Fitzgerald Park.
The ten-week course starts on February 19 and will run from 11am to 1pm on Wednesdays.
The largest private collection of whiskey ever to go on sale will be auctioned by Perth-based Whiskey Auctioneers in February and April. More than 3,900 bottles of primarily single-malt Scotch from the Gooding Collection will be sold online.
Included are very rare bottles from the Macallan, Bowmore and Springbank distilleries and the sale is expected to bring in up to £8m sterling (€9.5m).
The late Richard Gooding of Colorado spent over 20 years amassing the collection. His grandfather started the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Denver in 1936. It became one of the largest soft drink distributors in the US.