Prepare to go Gaga at this year's antiques fair; Celebrity treasures up for sale.
Byline: PAT FLANAGAN
TREASURES owned by David Bowie, Jackie Collins and Lady Gaga will feature alongside Irish design classics at a top antiques fair.
More than 15,000 people are expected to get a unique glimpse into the luxuries of the music world next month thanks to Laurence Carpenter.
The Dubliner is the founder of Irishbased Pop Icons, which deals mostly in London, New York and Los Angeles He revealed: "We will be displaying a collection of signed David Bowie lithographs, including his own charcoal drawing for an album press launch, alongside rare finds from Rihanna, Noel Gallagher and Lady Gaga.
"We will have a mixture of artists' costumes such as the headpiece Beyonce wore in the video for Lemonade, Lady Gaga's graffiti corset and signed guitars from some of the music world's top icons such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.
"Music memorabilia can fetch up to six figures and we will be delighted to value any items that attendees feel have real value and provenance."
Dublin antique dealer Niall Mullen will be selling a sculpture bought from author Jackie Collins' estate
He said: "passionate about collecting and bronze, valued [euro]3,850, is emblematic of her glamorous lifestyle."
And Weldon's will be displaying an emeraldcut diamon As well as offering the chance to buy a piece that can transform your home, the 52nd Irish Antique Dealers Fair offers a programme of fascinating lectures.
Julian Radcliffe, one of the world's top experts on art theft, will host a talk on the importance of how to enhance value.
Vandra Costello discusses the popularity of shells in 18th century Ireland and will examine how they became fashionable in furniture, plaster work, houses and grottos.
The event, founded by Louis O'Sullivan, has been acknowledged as stimulating the success of the Irish collectors' industry.
Irish Antique Dealers Association president Paul Brereton said: "For the past 52 years people have been attending the fair to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home.
"The fair is a fascinating insight into great craftsmanship throughout the ages, attracting collectors and connoisseurs of all tastes.
"We have a carefully selected blend of antique and contemporary exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the unique yet affordable design that appeals to them."
A preview night will be held on Thursday, September 21, and the fair runs at the RDS for the next three days. Entry costs [euro]10.
IN FRAME David Bowie
HEADTURNER Singer Beyonce
CORSET Undergarment worn by Lady Gaga
SCULPTURE Bronze owned by Jackie Collins
RING Diamond solitaire