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Two truly ‘iconic’ sales at Victor Mee’s – 7th/8th November 2018

Leading Irish auction house Victor Mee Auctions has announced a range of unique pieces of Irish history and heritage which will appear before eager bidders from around the world in the company’s upcoming Antique Furniture and Decorative Interiors sale on Wednesday 7th and an auction specialising in Rare Collectibles and Pub Memorabilia on Thursday 8th November 2018.

Including over 200 lots of ecclesiastical items and relics from a private collection, an iconic piece of Donegal seaside heritage, and iconic pub memorabilia for which Victor Mee has become well-known, the upcoming sale will feature some of the most exciting lots to hit the block in recent memory at Victor Mee.

Ecclesiastical relics of Ireland’s historic Church up for grabs

The two-day sale will kick off at 5.30pm on 7th November at Victor Mee’s Cavan-based auction house with an impressive collection of ecclesiastical items developed by a private individual who previously worked in the sales trade for an ecclesiastical company. Travelling around Ireland’s religious institutions for three decades, the anonymous seller saw an opportunity to acquire unique items as a result of modernisation of Ireland’s churches and convents, particularly following the reforms of Vatican II.

“Many of these items were used regularly in the Catholic Church before Vatican II,” said the collector. “With the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council, the furnishings and vestments were simplified many of these items were no longer used.  However, today there are still churches in Ireland and abroad who celebrate the Tridentine Mass and only use Pre-Vatican II furnishings and vestments. We think that these pieces will be of special importance for them.”

Items of particular interest for bidders interested in Church history include a pair of gold embossed embroidered pelmets which originally formed part of a canopy that was used for the May procession, acquired from a French order. Hand-embroidered and intricately detailed banners including St Teresa of the Little Flower, a ‘guardian angel,’ and double-sided Mary Immaculate are estimated to be nearly a century old, while statues including a pair of angels and a large kneeling plaster statue of St Michael the Archangel could exceed over a century old.

Additional items gaining attention from global collectors include a freestanding gothic oak baptismal font with original copper bowl from a religious house in Scotland, a collection of pre-Vatican II vestments which have been immaculately preserved, and old German Crib set figures sourced from a monastery in the West of Ireland.

“During his time of buying and selling ecclesiastical items, the collector received calls from movie production companies in search of period religious items,” said auctioneer Victor Mee. “Some of these items have appeared in movies made in Ireland including Moone Boy, Calvary and The General, to name a few, giving these pieces an added ‘Hollywood appeal,’” added Victor.

Iconic Irish seaside feature to hit the auction block

Reminiscent of many Irish childhoods spent by the seaside, Day 2 of the upcoming Victor Mee sale will be highlighted by a rare and exceptional late 19th-century carousel complete with twelve hand-painted wooden horses and two hand-painted metal swing boats which are hand operated. Part of a private collection, the carousel was originally bought from the Farrells, a carnival family from Buncrana in County Donegal.

Commissioned by the Farrell family in the late 19th century, this incredibly rare piece was used up to the 1940s but would have become obsolete when electrical carousels came into operation.

“Items as exquisite as this are not put forward to public auctions very often,” commented Victor Mee. “When these carousels became obsolete, many were disassembled and scattered piece-by-piece, whilst other families held on tight to the nostalgic features, once the centre of a carnival, like rare treasures. We are delighted to have the opportunity to find a new home for this iconic piece.”

The London-made carousel will go before global bidders on Thursday 8th November and is expected to sell for around €10,000 to what will likely be an international buyer.

Irish whiskey memorabilia popular as ever at Victor Mee

A growing area of expertise for the family owned and operated auction house, Irish whiskey memorabilia including rare bottles, mirrors, and advertising displays continues to be a popular feature in the team’s monthly sales. With a growing global clientele of whiskey collectors and enthusiasts clamouring for these rare pieces of collectable heritage for current and historic whiskey brands, Irish sellers continue to come forward to Victor and his team to take advantage of his extensive industry knowledge and cash in heirlooms.

In addition to a collection of Midleton and Jameson whiskey bottles confirmed for the sale, bidders can expect to get the opportunity to bid on a rare collection of advertising whiskey and tobacco mirrors including a Persse’s Galway whiskey mirror which was originally homed in a pub in the South of Ireland. Destined for the skip, this piece was saved by its current owner and is estimated to bring in between €1,500 and €3,000, proving that sometimes one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure.

Additional mirrors featuring in the Thursday 8th November sale at Victor Mee include pieces from Cowan’s Old Irish whiskey, Kirker Greer whiskey, Power’s whiskey, and Mitchell’s Old Irish Whiskey. These pieces are each estimated to earn €2,000 to €4,000 for their current owners.

“This year we have had the pleasure of selling a number of incredibly rare whiskey mirrors, bottles and collectable pieces,” said Victor Mee. “As awareness grows of the value of these sought-after pieces, we have had many owners come forward interested in selling on their much-loved whiskey memorabilia, and with our strong database of potential buyers located around the globe, we have been delighted by some of the incredible results these pieces have received.”

For more information on the Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th November sales at Victor Mee Auctions visit

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Aidan Foley’s Autumn Sale – Doneraile, Co.Cork – Saturday 20th October

Sligo Auction – Sunday 30th September at 2.30pm

A “not to be missed” House Clearance in Galway – this Saturday 21st July, 2018

Everything bar the kitchen sink is included in Aidan Foley’s Galway Auction this Saturday.

There is something for everyone with estimates from €10 to €3000. Art by Knuttel, Arthur Madderson, Markey Robinson, Augustus John, Lorna Millar and good collection of `19th Century Oil Paintings. Collectables include two Large Albums of Irish Stamps, Model Cars, Waterford Glass, China; and amongst the more unusual items in the sale are full a Tiger trophy carpet, a Vintage Massey Ferguson Tractor and a Motorboat! Live bidding available.


Monster sale of Victorian Pub & Shop Interiors & Advertising at Victor Mee’s – Wednesday 2nd May

Leading Cavan-based auctioneers specialising in pub memorabilia and collectables, Victor Mee Auctions Ltd have recreated a slice of Irish history in their Cavan-based auction house with the addition of three iconic Victorian consumer scenes which will find their place on the block in their next sale on 2nd May 2018.

Above: originally from County Tipperary, a 19th century mahogany chemist shop scene includes every detail of the period.  Estimated to be over 140 years old, the chemist shop includes popular features of the day including from counters, wall cabinets, apothecary drawers and original glass labels.  The present owner had intended to use the chemist shop in one of his bars, but unfortunately never got the chance. This chemist shop was once a pillar of its local community, providing residents with essential potions, lotions and remedies to cure what ailed them for over 100 years.  Other attention-grabbing pieces in this collection include an extremely rare McQuaid rubberoid advertising figure, Fry’s Chocolate advertising cabinet and rare Young’s Medical gilt and wooden shop sign.

Above: alongside the chemist shop, Victor Mee’s upcoming sales will also include a Victorian bar.  Made of scumbled pine and fitted out with whiskey flagons and bottles featuring popular brands like Paddy and D’Arcy’s Old Irish Whiskey, antique bar stools and a collection of Guinness advertisement, the interiors of this historic bar would not only suit a hospitality business seeking historical charm for their fit-out but also would feature well in a museum or immersive history display.

Above: In addition to the bar furniture and shelving, bidders with interest in pub memorabilia are also expected to flock to the auction house and log-in online to bid on a rare collection of Redbreast and Midleton Irish whiskies; rare whiskey mirrors featuring O’Neill McHenry Old Irish Whiskey Londonderry, Dunville’s Whisky 24 prize medals and Dunville’s Whisky 22 prize medals; and an extremely rare pictorial Paddy Old Irish Whiskey Cork Distillers enamel sign.

The third piece of this trifecta of Irish heritage up for sale at Victor Mee includes the contents of the last original Irish tobacco shop, Cigar Divan, which was actively traded in Carlow town from the 1800s to 2008.  Following its closure, the remaining contents were carefully preserved by the present owner and are planned to draw significant interest from vintage advertising and tobacco collectors.  Also of interest from the Carlow town tobacconist shop are a ‘Smoke Hignett’s Night and Morning’ Two Flakes advertising mirror of large proportions; Ogden’s Guinea Gold advertising mirror; and a pair of rare Mitchell’s cigarettes window mirrors.

Commenting on the excellent quality of these historic items on auction Auctioneer Victor Mee said, “Very few museums would feature a set like this or a collection so vast and rare.  We are finding that many potential bidders as well as locals with a keen interest in Ireland’s bygone days are interested in coming to see these unique scenes from Victorian Ireland.  Visiting these retailers would have offered a completely different experience to modern day shopping – there is something so comforting and familiar about the scenes, yet so very unusual to our lifestyles.  These items would be would be an antiques collector’s or publican’s dream as there is so much to see and take in, you could happily spend the whole day here!

Viewing opportunities in advance of the 1st and 2nd May sales at Victor Mee Auctions are available from 11:00am to 6.00pm from Friday 27th until Monday 30th April at the Cloverhill, County Cavan premises.

An online catalogue is also available at

Further details on the “Collect Ireland” Auction page here:

Big Antiques Weekend in Cork City!

This weekend Cork is the place to be for Antique collectors with Robin O’Donnell’s (Hibernian Antique Fairs) two-day Fair at the International Hotel, Cork Airport; and Aidan Foley’s (Irish Country Home Auction) “On the Premises” sale at Aras Tara, Blackrock. Within a stone’s throw of each other it should be easy to take in both venues.

Strong prices at Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ Sale!

Some extraordinary prices at Whyte’s ‘Eclectic Collector’ sale last Saturday (14th May, 2016), but it was an unlikely candidate that stole the show: a well worn ten pound note from 1939 with an estimate of €1,200-1,500 was eventually knocked down for an incredible €10,500!


Above: Lot.306.  a Currency Commission Consolidated Banknote ‘Ploughman’ Provincial Bank of Ireland Ten Pound note – sold for €10,500 against its pre-sale estimate of €1,200-1,500.

Hill of Howth ticketsMGWR TICKET

Left: Lot.50. Six Great Northern Railway excursion tickets to the Hill of Howth – used in the outward direction only on April 24, 1916 (the 1st day of the Rising) – the return trains to the city all being cancelled; sold for €420 against a pre-sale estimate of €250-300. Right: Lot.49. a Midland Great Western Railway 3rd class race day special ticket to Fairyhouse sold for €380 against a pre-sale estimate of €300-500. This is probably the highest price ever paid for an Irish railway ticket – I’m open to correction.

Anyway, for those interested the full results, including unsold lots still available, may be found here:

I’m off to scour my attic!

Antiques & Fine Art Sale – Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare – Tuesday 17th May, 2016





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Quality Furniture & Antiques at Larry O’Keeffe’s Clonmel Auction – Mon.11th April, 2016

O'Keefes APRIL 2016 SALE


Larry O’Keeffe Auctioneer