As usual Whyte’s have surpassed themselves in putting together this sale and the 815 Lots cover a truly eclectic range of material including…a large and very varied selection of film posters – James Bond (Goldfinger, Moonraker, Never Say Never Again), Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window), Ben Hur and The Bridge on the River Kwai…..are on offer; guide prices are affordable with many in the €100 – €300 region….
Philographers will have a field day largely due to the efforts of a Skibbereen schoolboy who began collecting autographs of the Good & the Great back in the 1950s. Resting uneasily (?) side by side are the autographs of the Dalai Lama, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor (below), S.S. Colonel Otto Skorzeny (the man who led the successful mission to rescue Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943), General Franco, Earl Mountbatten of Burma and a host of other famous Generals, Political Leaders, Movie Stars….
Sports medals, signed jerseys, autographs, match programmes – including the highly sought after one from the Ireland v Germany game at Dalymount Park on 17th October 1936 (below).
Coins – including a hoard of James.II. 1690 ‘Gun Money’ found on a Co.Tipperary farm (!) in 1936 (below); a large variety of interesting Irish banknotes.
Medal collectors will also find much of interest including Lot.578. ‘A Wexford sailor’s Arctic & Crimea’ medals, (below) as well as various War of Independence medals etc.etc.
A large collection of military memorabilia from both World Wars, and earlier, including a large number of German Nazi medals, daggers etc. – as featured on RTE’s Liveline programme – are sure to attract plenty of bids.
The Nazis may have had a poisonous ideology but they had all the best when it came to uniforms, medals and other regalia – not my cup of tea but very collectable.
THE ECLECTIC COLLECTOR SALE
At The Freemasons Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin.2.
Viewing at Whyte’s Salerooms
Wednesday 17th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 18th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 19th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm