Will your granny’s teapot fetch millions?

A  Qianlong Dynasty porcelain teapot sold this week by Sotheby’s of New York for $3.5 million, which was coveted by over 10 bidders, is one of only two known and is an ode to Emperor Qianlong’s adoration of tea.

The Irish Times reports that a Chinese teapot fetched $3.5 million this week and Ian Whyte compares the present Chinese antiques boom to the Irish art boom during the Celtic Tiger days:

Irish Times on Teapots of Value


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Collectibles Podcasts

Ian Whyte and Stuart Purcell discuss some of the fascinating objects in Whyte’s Eclectic Collector auction:


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Relics of Roscommon priest killed in North Korea to be sold. See Irish Times story.

Relics of Roscommon priest killed in North Korea to be sold

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Eclectic Collector


Michael Parsons reports on the sale in The Irish Times:




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Eclectic Collector Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/whytes-eclectic-collector/id1151650087?mt=2

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A selection of the militaria and weapons in our Eclectic Collector Auction.

Our auction on 17th September contains a fascinating militaria section as well as an array of antique firearms and swords. Some of the highlights are featured in this video.


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September 5, 2016 · 1:04 pm

Important Militaria Collection

Whyte’s Eclectic Collector auction, on 17th September, includes a fascinating militaria collection. 

The Simon Collection of 20th century German militaria focuses largely on the uniform and equipment of the average foot soldier. It ranges from helmets to boots, with over thirty examples of the former to two pairs of the latter.

First World War, German, helmet

1914-1918 World War I, German Imperial picklehaub.

The collection is the result of a twenty-five-year search for the best preserved example of each item of kit. As well as Picklehaubes, “coal scuttles” and pith-helmets the 150 lots include specialist equipment such as landmine warning flags, a mountain trooper’s ice axe,  a despatch rider’s goggles and gauntlets and even a wartime luxury – a Wehrmacht toilet roll! The latter is unused (!) and intact in its original printed wrapper.

There are over forty lots of badges and insignia ranging from a pre-WWI Zeppelin pilot’s badge to a badge awarded for destroying five tanks using hand held weapons.

View the Eclectic Collector catalogue here.

Wehrmacht, Third Reich, Alpne troops.

Clockwise from bottom left, lots 416, 442 & 446.

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