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.
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.
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!
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