Category Archives: Collectables Auctions

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:

High Quality House Clearance in Blackrock, Cork City – Saturday 30th September 2017

Whyte’s Eclectic Collector Sale – Sat.17th September – A Veritable Treasure Trove!

Whyte’s Eclectic Collector Sale at the Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street on Saturday 17th September promises much and there is sure to be fierce competition for many of the 746 Lots on offer. There’s enough military hardware to equip a small army, medals to award the victors and coins/banknotes to finance the undertaking! Ephemera from 1916, the 1920s Mount Everest Expeditions, military uniforms, diving equipment, travel posters, postcards, maps and much more besides. Be sure to check-out the catalogue links at the bottom of the this item – viewing details etc. on the Auctions Page.


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Downloadable/Searchable catalogue here: catalogue gif

Irish Railwayana a big hit at Victor Mee’s Auction!

Victor Mee’s recent two-day sale at Cloverhill saw serious prices achieved for some highly collectable items of Irish railwayana. Posters, signalling equipment, cast iron items, rare carpets and even the letters from the door to the Gents toilet at Ballybay station were knocked down to eager bidders. Some of the more interesting lots below.


The full results for the sale are here but I’m not sure how long they will remain available.


Whyte’s (Dublin) Auctions of Movie Posters + Pop & Rock Memorabilia – Saturday 31st May, 2014

Whyte’s back-to-back sales of “Movie Posters” and “Rock & Pop Memorabilia” on Saturday 31st May, at the Freemason’s Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin.2. are sure to excite lots of interest from collectors far and wide.

The “Movie Posters” sale kicks off at 12 Noon and features over 350 Lots – a single owner collection – covering just about every movie genre.

Caine Mutiny

And, if that isn’t enough for you, following on from the poster sale – at 4.00pm – there’s a sale of “Rock & Pop Memorabilia” – 179 Lots of rare posters, photographs, autographs, vinyl records, clothes, musical instruments and much more besides.

Rolling Stones

Two sales not to be missed!

Viewing and full details/catalogues links on the Auctions Page below:

Victor Mitchell (Roscrea) – Antique & Decorative Interiors Auction – Wednesday 26th February, 2014

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Strong results at Whyte’s Sale of History, Literature & Collectables

Contrary to my expectations it wasn’t Lot. 253. The 1913 Lockout Proclamation that stole the show at Whyte’s sale last Saturday but rather a small, rather grubby banknote which carried a pre-sale estimate of €4,000-6,000 and which sold for an incredible €14,000.  The description of it in Whyte’s catalogue pulls no punches – ‘about fine, one inch tear at top left of centre, half inch tear lower left of centre, edge tears, overall toned, some stains, brittle’. 

Whytes Banknote

Lot .701. Currency Commission Consolidated Banknote ‘Ploughman’ Northern Bank Ten Pounds, 6-5-29   

NOTE: 01 0T 007335. Signed Knox. Only 8,000 believed to have been issued – the scarcest of the Ploughman series. About fine, one inch tear at top left of centre, half inch tear lower left of centre, edge tears, overall toned, some stains, brittle. A much better example than that illustrated in Paper Money of Ireland by Blake & Calloway. An exceedingly rare and desirable banknote. Estimate: €4000-6000. Sold for €14,000

Catalogue with full list of prices realised here: Catalogue icon


Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectables Sale – Saturday 14th September, 2013

Once again Whyte’s have pulled out all the stops to put together a superlative collection of Irish history and there’s something to suit the collector of every political persuasion. Amongst the almost 750 Lots are very important items relating to the 1913 “Lockout”, militaria, advertising posters, sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes, books etc.

 Lot.253. A copy of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Proclamation banning the assembly of workers on Sackville Street in August 1913, in pristine condition, is surely one of the highlights of the sale. I expect that it will well exceed its pre-sale estimate of €1,000-1,500. For more information check out the YouTube video below.

For full details of the sale/viewing times etc. go to the Auctions Page here:

Sheppard’s Sale for St.Fin Barre’s – Fota House – Tuesday 28th May

Just a quick reminder that Sheppard’s (Durrow) are holding a sale at Fota House, Co.Cork, tomorrow (Tues. 28th) in aid of St.Fin Barre’s Cathedral. There’s much of interest in the sale including this evocative Cunard poster – modestly estimated at €150-200 . Live online bidding also available.


Full details/catalogue links here:

Elvis leaves them ‘All Shook Up’ at Whyte’s Pop & Rock Sale

The first ever dedicated sale of Pop & Rock Memorabilia held by Whyte’s at the RDS on Sunday 24th March had them rocking in the aisles with the star item, a unique but well worn recording of Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right Mama’, fetching a breath taking €65,000. It’s not much to look at, the sort of thing that one would pass by if come across in a charity shop!

Lot.62. Elvis Presley: ‘That’s All Right Mama’ the unique acetate played and broadcast by Dewey Phillips in 1954.

The important single sided demo acetate record with Memphis Recording Service label stamped with W.H.B.Q. radio station marking, with typed inscription “THATS ALL RIGHT/Elvis Pressley [sic]/with/Scotty and Bill”. On the blank reverse an etched inscription in manuscript “10/3/55/xxxxx [illegible – possibly “signed”] out/no good” (probably a decommissioning note, which allowed Dewey Phillips to remove it from W.H.B.Q.) The disc is a 45 rpm acetate, 10 inches in diameter. There are two holes in it, one at the centre and one slightly below and to the right, under the word “Bill”. The disc is very scratched – not surprising after a year in the radio station, and 58 years since – but still plays well on a sophisticated turntable and amplifier.

Elvis Presley Acetate

The only known surviving promotional copy of his first commercial recording, and the unique example played publicly by disc jockey Dewey Phillips for the first time. That’s All Right” is the first commercial single released by Elvis Presley. It was recorded on 5 July 1954 and released on 19 July 1954 with “Blue Moon of Kentucky” as the B-side, Sun records 209. It is regarded as one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever. The song was written by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, and originally recorded by him in Chicago on 6 September 1946, as “That’s All Right”. In early March 1949, the song was re-released under the title, “That’s All Right, Mama”. On both the issued record and on this demo acetate the label reads “That’s All Right” (omitting “Mama” from the original title), and names the performers as Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill. The acetate however has an incorrect spelling of Presley’s last name “Pressley” During the summer of 1953 a young and unknown Elvis Presley walked into the offices of Sun Records and the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. Sam Phillips the owner and operator of Sun recorded two songs for Elvis for a fee of just over $4 which Presley planned to give to his mother as a birthday present. Phillips was not overly impressed by the young singer but his business partner Marion Kreisler repeatedly asked Phillips to bring him in for another session. Phillips relented and set up a session for 5 July 1954 where Elvis would sing accompanied by Phillips’ two favourite session musicians Scotty Moore and Bill Black. Phillips presided over, to him a rather pedestrian, and unexciting recording session of Presley that evening at Sun Studios. Presley, Moore, and Black were taking a break between recordings when Presley started fooling around with an up-tempo version of Arthur Crudup’s song “That’s All Right, Mama”. Black began joining in on his upright bass, and soon they were joined by Moore on guitar. Producer Sam Phillips, impressed by the impromptu upbeat tempo of the song, asked the three of them to start again so he could record it. Black’s bass and guitars from Presley and Moore provided the instrumentation. The recording contains no drums or additional instruments. The song was produced in the style of a “live” recording (all parts performed at once and recorded on a single track). The following evening the trio recorded “Blue Moon of Kentucky” in a similar style, for the B-side to “That’s All Right”. Although this was Presley’s third recording session at Sun Studio this was his first commercial release. His first two sessions, in the summer of 1953 and January 1954, had been private recordings. Upon finishing the recording session, according to Scotty Moore, Bill Black remarked, “Damn. Get that on the radio and they’ll run us out of town.”Sam Phillips recorded the song onto acetate and gave it to local radio station disc jockeys Dewey Phillips (no relation) of WHBQ. Philips promised to play it and on 7 July 1954, he kept his promise playing this acetate of “That’s All Right” publicly for the first time on his popular radio show “Red, Hot & Blue”. On hearing the news that Dewey was going to play his record, Presley went to the local movie theater to calm his nerves. Interest in the record was so intense that Dewey reportedly played the record 14 times and received over 40 telephone calls. A reluctant Presley was persuaded to go to the station for an on-air interview the same night. Unaware that the microphone was live at the time, Presley answered all of Dewey’s questions, including one about which high school he attended: a roundabout way of informing the audience of Presley’s race without actually asking the question.


The resounding success of “That’s All Right” ensured that it was officially released just 12 days later on 19 July 1954. It sold around 20,000 copies and entered the local Memphis charts. This recording is one of the most important in music history not only because of the fact that it catapulted the young Elvis Presley into the limelight and set him on the path to stardom but also because of the fact that it is widely recognised as the song that started Rock and Roll. This song was the first to contain all of the elements that we now associate with the genre.

The full sale results are available here: Catalogue icon