Vintage Porsche tractors, a stuffed elephant’s foot, and a Rolex watch owned by Constance Markievicz are just some of the antiques to be sold at Mealy’s Winter Sale taking place today and tomorrow.
A Porsche Diesel 329 tractor, one of the standout lots from the auction, is expected to fetch up to €20,000. The three-cylinder air-cooled model was only produced from 1960 to 1963, making it extremely rare.
The tractor spent most of its working life in the south of France before it was acquired by the current owner and painstakingly restored.
The sale also includes an extremely rare Ferguson Brown industrial tractor, expected to fetch between €20,000 and €25,000. It is described as “is in good working order and restored”.
More than 1,100 lots will go under the hammer over the two-day auction, including a selection of items from Lissadell House, Co Sligo, the former home of Countess Markievicz.
The collection from the Gore-Booth family, the current owners of Lissadell House, include a 43-string harp as well as a cobalt and silver pendant Rolex watch believed to have once belonged to Constance Markievicz herself.
The sale includes a selection of jewellery, art and books, such as a lady’s Cartier wrist watch inlaid with diamonds (€7,500 to €8,500).
Art collectors will be taken by the Portrait of an Aran Woman and her Children, 1946 — an oil on canvas painting by Irish artist Sean Keating.
Fans of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series will be impressed by a set of first-edition books, printed in 1954 and rebound in leather. The set is expected to fetch €7,000 to €11,000.
A large pair of Great Irish deer or elk antlers, spanning a width of almost 3m, is expected to fetch between €8,000 and €12,000.
The sale also includes a rare 18th century giltwood mirror and a William IV library armchair formally belonging to Anthony O’Reilly.
The 40 lots with an estimate of over €30,000 are the final collection from the “trustee in bankruptcy” appointed after the former press baron filed for bankruptcy in the Bahamas.
Mealy’s Winter Sale takes place at its Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, saleroom today and tomorrow, at 11am each day.
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