The Seamus Kearns Collection of Postcards
26 January 2019
In what was the largest auction of picture postcards ever held in Ireland, over 100,000 cards were offered by Whyte’s on 26 January. Every single lot sold, for a total of €130,000, a world record for a single owner collection of picture postcards - a "white glove sale".
This collection was formed by Dubliner, Seamus Kearns (1929-2014). Seamus began collecting stamps in the 1930s and fell in love with old postcards in the 1950s, since when he started amassing this collection. A founder of the Irish Picture Postcard Society, he provided many exhibitions around the country, including a major show at The Guinness Hopstore in 1994.
The collection encompasses Irish topographical views, historic events, advertising, comic and greetings. There are also large collections of worldwide cards including Gruss Aus, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, glamour, greetings, comic, mods etc. Estimates run from €50 to €3,000.