Sale of century has it all, literally

The array at Whyte’s auction of history, literature and collectibles in Dublin next Saturday (Sep 14) ranges from comic books, to memories of the Great Famine and the 1913 Lockout, to sporting memorabilia.

Sale of century has it all, literally

The sale covers a time span from 50-60 million years BC with a basalt section from the Giant’s Causeway to the unique Irish Masters Snooker Trophy, last awarded in 2007. There will be interest in a collection of almost 1,500 comic books acquired in the 1960’s and ’70s. It includes 130 early issues of Conan the Barbarian and there are examples from Thor, Spiderman and Daredevil.

Sporting memorabilia relates to soccer, boxing, snooker, GAA, rugby, tennis and basketball. The Benson and Hedges Irish Master’s Snooker trophy is estimated at €8,000-€10,000.

There are memories of the Lockout, Ireland’s greatest industrial dispute, which was in full swing exactly a century ago, including a police proclamation banning a meeting at Sackville Street, or its neighbourhood (€1,000-€1,500), and of the Irish Citizen Army which arose from the 1913 strike as well as artefacts from the famine and original Irish language manuscripts from the 19th century.

Viewing is at Whyte’s Galleries, Molesworth Street, Dublin from 10am to 5.30pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9am to 11.30am on this day week. The auction, at Freemason’s Hall on Molesworth St, is at noon.

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