1899 Ireland rugby shirt to sell for over €25,000 at Whyte’s in Dublin

Des O’Sullivan says sale highlight is the earliest ever to come to auction.
1899 Ireland rugby shirt to sell for over €25,000 at Whyte’s in Dublin

THE earliest Irish international rugby shirt ever to be offered at auction comes up at Whyte’s in Dublin on Monday evening.

The auction of sports and entertainment memorabilia is in two parts: an online only sale at whytes.ie at 5.30pm tomorrow and a live auction at Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street, on Monday.

The oldest rugby shirt is from 1899, the year Ireland scored a second Triple Crown victory.

It was worn by Derry-born Billy Byron.

An embroidered spray of shamrock with four sprigs is unique to the 1899 shirt.

It is estimated at €25,000-€30,000.

A more poignant lot is a football signed in October 1957 by the ill-fated Manchester United team which suffered so many losses in the Munich air disaster of February 1958.

Signed by seven of the eight players who died, it is estimated at €6,000-€8,000.

GAA memorabilia includes the 1912 All Ireland senior football gold medal won by Louth, estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

There are a selection of James Bond posters, each estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

Rock memorabilia includes guitars signed by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters and a powder compact gifted to Elaine Barrie Barrymore by Marilyn Monroe is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

The sale is on view at Whyte’s from 1pm to 5pm today and tomorrow and from 10am to 5pm Monday.

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