THE Empress Sisi of Austria (1837-1898), a tragic beauty famed in film and story, spent the 1879/80 hunting season in Ireland. A memento of that visit features at the James Adam Country House Collections auction at Slane Castle on October 5. Lot 209 is The Empress of Austria’s riding whip, c.1875 with ivory simulated cord grip, silver band with the imperial crest. The pommel is in the shape of an imperial crown and the whip is contained in a glazed mahogany presentation case with a silvered crest plate engraved with the imperial Hapsburg Arms on the back. The provenance is Rahinston House in Co. Meath and the estimate is 3,000-5,000.