A baby grand played by Stevie Wonder at Rory McIlroy’s wedding part of Ashford sale

Des O’Sullivan previews what could be a sellout auction of items from one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels

A baby grand played by Stevie Wonder at Rory McIlroy’s wedding part of Ashford sale

The baby grand piano played by Stevie Wonder at Rory McIlroy’s wedding is among the lots at Aidan Foley’s two-day sale of contents from Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo next Monday and Tuesday.

The sale of around 900 lots will feature residual contents from the hotel before it was refurbished by its new owners, the Red Carnation Group.

Two previous auctions of contents from Ashford Castle by Aidan Foley were sold out in July 2014 and February 2015.

The sale next week is of contents put aside for possible use in the refurbishment, but which were in fact, never used.

On offer is everything from sideboards to mirrors to wine racks, occasional tables and upholstered armchairs and more.

An Irish 18th-century architect’s table with a panel bookcase top is estimated at €3,000-5,000, a 19th-century serpentine walnut cabinet is estimated at €1,200-1,500 and the baby grand piano has an estimate of €2,000-3,000.

There is a collection of antique Imari chargers, over 50 pairs of heavy lined curtains in good condition, and a collection of antique Persian rugs.

Viewing is at The Old Sawmills in Cong is from 11 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow.

Set on the northern shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels. In July 2014 more than 4,000 people turned up to view its contents on sale. About 40% of lots offered were sold to internet bidders in an auction sellout. Bedroom contents were sold at a subsequent auction which also proved to be very popular.

In January 2016, Doneraile-based Aidan Foley auctioned contents from Adare Manor which has undergone major refurbishment and is due to re-open in the autumn.

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