The tradition – originally intended to ward off evil spirits – sparks huge competitiveness among pyrotechnicians and dates back to the 18th century.
Conceived as a direct competitor to Ferrari, the Pegaso was the fastest roadster of its day, with a top speed of 150mph. One of only 84 cars (each with its own unique coachwork) created between 1951 and 1958, this fully restored Concours champion (with coachwork by Saoutchik of Paris) can be yours for a mere €620,000+.
A 1978 V8 Aston Martin Vantage: sold that year to a customer in British Columbia, later bought by an avid collector and upgraded in 2005 from its original 5.4l (170mph) engine configuration to a 6.0l, 500bhp powerplant.
Currently accepting bids for auction next month by Sotheby’s at Monterey.
Rennaissance era cutlery inscribed with musical notion and lyrics: on one side a benediction before eating and on the other, a post-prandial grace. The second image (above) has the following inscriptions:
“The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.” And the other side reads: “The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.”
V&A curator Kristen Kalber explains:
Wolfe Tone Park, Dublin 1 yesterday – celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of that album.
(Pic: Oisín Kane)
The impressive ouevre of Sutherland Macdonald, Britain’s first professional tattoo artist.
Having first encountered the art in the 1880s during his time in the army, Macdonald set up his parlour at the Hamam Turkish Baths at 76 Jermyn Street in London in 1889. For the next four years, it was the only place a chep (or doughty gel) could get properly inked-up anywhere in Blighty.