Mallie on The Arts from Ross’s

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Ross’s Auctioneers & Valuers has been Northern Ireland’s leading auction house for over seventy years. Occupying one of Belfast city centre’s landmark buildings, the edifice is home to one of the finest salesrooms and gallery spaces in Ireland. Furniture, silver, porcelain, paintings, jewellery, clocks, fine wine – to name but a few of the items frequently coming under the hammer of auctioneer and proprietor Mr Daniel Clarke.

The times they are a changing however and while Mr Clarke has no intention of replacing his “traditional auction in the room” per se, the company is moving with the times and is now hosting its sixth online auction. In developing Ross’s Online Auctions, Daniel and his younger son Angus are aiming “to reach out to people right across Europe and America” and offer a facility for “those people who are receptive to buying from the comfort of their armchair.”

Live online for one week, comes Ross’s first one man show to be offered exclusively on the web. The auction comprises of 111 works on paper and a number of paintings by one of Ireland’s deceased stellar artists Colin Middleton.

In the first of our scheduled arts programmes to be broadcast from Ross’s showrooms I am joined by Middleton’s biographer, Mr Dickon Hall and Mr Clarke, to discuss the importance of Middleton in the pantheon of Irish artists.

Over the next week while the paintings can be purchased from Ross’s Online Auction, the public has an opportunity to view them in the gallery space, where they are currently hanging – the locus from which we will be regular broadcasting.

For further information on Colin Middleton’s online auction please visit the following website:


Included below are images being offered for sale online:




'HEAD' by Colin Middleton




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About Author

Eamonn Mallie

I am a regular contributor to discussion programmes on TV and radio both at home and abroad. An experienced political editor and author specialising in Politics, Security and 20th Century Art.

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