The 499 lots feature everything from a 1985 Mercedes 500 SL (€800 to €1,200) to art, furniture, paintings, silver, netsuke and even a set of golf clubs (€30 to €40). Costelloe Lodge, at Casla has an interesting history. It was built in the 1890s as a hunting lodge, worked on by the renowned architect Edwin Lutyens, was burned by Republicans in 1922 and rebuilt in 1925 with Lutyens involved.
The most unfortunate survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, J Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, retired here with his family. After his death in 1937 his widow remained on in the house.
It was bought in the 1980s by Agnes and Jack Toohey. He set up Doreen Holdings clothing company. She was a dress designer who fenced for Ireland, designed official Olympic uniforms and served on the Irish Olympic Council until 1996.
The auction is being conducted on the premises on the instructions of the executor of Agnes Toohey. Estimates reflect the recession and are very reasonable. A Regency hall table is estimated at €1,000 to €1,500, an antique Chinese hardwood armchair at €650 to €750 and a collection of miniature ivories carry estimates from €100 to €300.
There is furniture, garden furniture, books, artworks, a wide variety of household effects and much to interest bargain hunters. Viewing at Costelloe Lodge, Connemara is from 10am to 7pm today and tomorrow and from 10am to the start of the sale on May 6.