Contents of Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin's former home expected to fetch €250k

Contents of Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin's former home expected to fetch €250k

The contents of Osberstown House, according to Fonsie Mealy auctioneers are expected to fetch a total of €250,000.

The contents of the former home of The Apprentice TV stars Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin are going under the hammer next Tuesday.

Up to 650 items from the contents of Osberstown House in Kildare will be auctioned on July 27, following instruction by the owners and includes art, antiques, memorabilia and home decor.

The seven-bedroom country house on the outskirts of Naas, Co Kildare dates back to the 18th century.

The luxury 43 room property, which has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms has been on the market for the past two years since going on the market in 2019.

It was bought in the 1990s by the couple who carefully restored the house. The estate also features 17 acres in its sale.

The couple became household names thanks to the former TV3 hit series. The contents, according to Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny based Fonsie Mealy auctioneers are expected to fetch a total of €250,000.

Director George Mealy said: “There has been a lot of interest in the property contents with extensive international enquiries. A wide range and eclectic mix of items will suit many home styles and price budgets.” 

Some of the notable items for sale include a limited edition of the 2001 Graham Knuttel painting titled, The Taoisigh of Ireland, a very rare set of 11 caricature portraits, of all the Irish Taoisigh up to Bertie Ahern.

The painting, guiding at between €2,000 and €3,000, includes caricatures of WT Cosgrave, Éamon de Valera, John A Costello, Sean Lemass, Jack Lynch, Liam Cosgrave, Charles J Haughey, Garret Fitzgerald, Albert Reynolds John Bruton and Bertie Ahern.

Lot 200, a Louis de Brocquy lithograph titled, 'A Study Towards an Image of William Butler Yeats' is estimated at €3,000.

Osberstown House is a three-storey over basement period house built around 1795.
Osberstown House is a three-storey over basement period house built around 1795.

A baby grand mahogany piano for as little as €600 is up for grabs while lot 203 a St Louis French crystal Renault Formula I Car will set a buyer back a mere €200 to €300.

Lot 604 an original fragment of the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, laid in 1866 between Valentia Island (Kerry) and Newfoundland, mounted on Valentia slate with an inset note can be bought for €500.

An important large Newbridge sterling silver Canteen of Cutlery, contained in a four-drawer bound mahogany chest with lot 497 worth an estimated €3,500.

Anna Livia, a bronze maquette of the statue inspired by James Joyce, previously installed on O'Connell Street, moved to the Croppies Acre Memorial Park in 2016 by the late Eamonn O’Doherty valued at up to €7,000.

Bill, 79, and Jackie’s, 74, former home is still listed by Goffs property as ‘price on application’ but the original cost was understood to be €2m.

Bill Cullen and Jackie Levin bought Osberstown House in the 1990s and carefully restored the house which features 17 acres in its sale.
Bill Cullen and Jackie Levin bought Osberstown House in the 1990s and carefully restored the house which features 17 acres in its sale.

Osberstown House is a three-storey over basement period house built around 1795. The property comes complete with its own ballroom, gym, and wine cellar.

There is also a billiard rooms, walled garden and a tree-lined avenue leading up to the property.

In 1986, Mr Cullen took over the franchise for Renault car distribution.

This company became known as the Glencullen Group and the Renault distribution arm became known as Glencullen Distributors.

Turnover of the business grew to €350 million at its peak, but fell dramatically into millions of euro in losses in 2008.

The Renault Ireland operation was taken into direct control by Renault SAS in 2006.

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