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    SHEPPARDS TO OFFER CONTENTS FROM CASTLEHYDE, HOME TO MICHAEL FLATLEY

    Friday, November 6th, 2020

    Michael Flatley’s clearout of Castlehyde near Fermoy to prepare for a refurbishment offers something for collectors across the board – even those who might be into a spot of cannibalism. Pride of place in the sale, to be held online at Sheppards in Durrow on November 26-27, is the mask worn by Anthony Hopkins when he played Hannibal Lecter, the fictional forensic psychiatrist who liked to eat his victims. Signed by Hopkins and co-star Julianne Moore it is estimated at €80,000-€120,000.

    AN INTERIOR VIEW OF CASTLEHYDE

    Not the usual stuff of country house sales, but the Lord of the Dance, who has poured millions into the restoration of the Palladian mansion on the banks of the River Blackwater, is in the realm of collectors who are more extraordinary than ordinary.  He is planning a major overhaul of the interior so these pieces are surplus to requirements.More than 700 items collected during the past 20 years will come under the hammer.  Period pieces include a pair of 19th century French marble console tables (€8,000-€12,000),  a pair of large gilt bronze figures of nymphs each holding a torch (€5,000-€8,000), a Victorian console table and mirror (€5,000-€8,000) and a pair of Edwardian satinwood wing armchair (€1,400-€1,800).  There are medieval style suits of armour (€500-€800 each) which are reproduction.  So are the Graeco Roman busts displayed in the dining room (from €500-€1,200).  There is a Louis XVI desk (€4,000-€6,000),  a full size billiard table (€3,000-€5,000), a hide covered Chesterfield (€1,000-€1,500) and some French Rococo style sofas.When he retired from dancing Michael Flatley took to art.  One of his pieces, entitled Finishing Line, is at €40,000-€60,000, the second most expensively estimated item in the auction.

    19th century billiard table