Iconic 1930s Rolls-Royce among memorabilia to go to auction through Victor Mee Auctions and Niall Mullen
A 1930 Rolls-Royce which belonged to a British Deputy Prime Minister, the altar flag from Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit and the iconic pony carriage from television comedy drama series, The Irish RM will feature in a special UK and Ireland themed auction at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Ireland from 29th – 30th October.
Of interest to Northern Irish bidders will be the vintage Rolls-Royce which was the property of leading UK Conservative Rab Butler, who served as Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister (1962-63), Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Minister. Also featured will be a host of Northern Irish memorabilia including a rare road sign from the late 19th or early 20th century showing the Belfast – Dromore – Dublin route, antique signs from old Ulster whiskey distillers and woollen mills, and an antique Orange Lodge Lambeg drum.
The 1930 3.7 litre Rolls-Royce Continental Sports Saloon was originally built for Elizabeth Courtald, heir to the industrial textile empire, before passing through her family in 1946 into the ownership of Butler, known as the father of the British educational system. The Rolls Royce was bought by an Irish owner for £25,000 in the mid-nineties and is expected to reach up between €50,000-€70,000 at the auction.
The auction also features several classic cars including a working 1940s Model T Ford, a vintage Mercedes and a luxury Panther car from the 1980s. Three-wheeled transport is also up for grabs with an antique delivery bike from Dublin’s GPO featuring a giant mail basket, which still has all its original accoutrements and paperwork, included in the sale. Among the standout features of the 2,000-piece auction is the 40ft long vertical backdrop from the Papal mass in the Phoenix Park, Dublin in 1979.
The auction will also feature a collection of rock memorabilia including a U2 jacket from the band’s Joshua Tree tour, along with posters and ticket collections. For motorsport enthusiasts, there are also jackets signed by Michael Schumacher from the 1999 Barcelona Grand Prix and Eddie Irvine.
This is the latest of the Signature Auctions from Niall Mullen and Mark O’Dwyer who last year held the biggest auction in the history of the State – the 14-hour disposal of the contents of Dublin’s Central Bank. The auction has been organised in partnership with Cavan based auction house Victor Mee Auctions.
“This auction highlights the long-standing links between our two nations, Ireland and Great Britain.” said Niall. “We expect the sale to draw bidders from across the UK and Ireland as well as attracting interest from collectors from around the world. Everything must go and there is no reserve. We are also welcoming absentee and online bids for this sale.”
Victor Mee of Victor Mee Auctions added, “I am delighted to partner with Niall once again to organise such an exciting auction. Each piece of memorabilia in the auction is extraordinary and we are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Heritage Hotel, County Laois, on 29th and 30th October.”
Viewing for the auction on 29th – 30th October, will take place in the Golf Club of the Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois from Friday to Sunday, 26th – 28th October, 10am to 6pm.
The auction catalogue will be available to view at victormeeauctions.ie