Wooden Buddha sells for €13,000 - which was 26 times its estimate - at Milford House auction

Rare Irish elk antlers go for €23,000

Sean Keane


Sean Keane



It's all in the smile

The 19th century Chinese carved wooden, seated, smiling Buddha, 18cms high made €13,000 at Fonsie Mealy's auction yesterday

A set of prehistoric giant Irish elk antlers and skull (pictured below), dating from 12000 - 8000 BC, made €23,000 at an auction of items from Milford House on Tuesday in the Talbot Hotel.

However, the surprise item of the day at the auction by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, Castlecomer as part of the contents sale of Milford House was the sale of a small, wooden, smiling, seated Buddha.

The 19th century Chinese carved piece on a separate shaped base highlighted in gilt, approx 18cms high, had a reserve of between €500 and €700 but made €13,000.

The sale realised in excess of €500,000 on the hammer with 95% sold.

And a set of still life paintings by Aiello Ascione made €20,000 while a set of two other paintings by the same artist made €16,000.