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    Saturday, April 1st, 2023
    Fully restored 1920 Dodge Bros Tourer car with leather seats and Tipperary registration at Victor Mee. UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    From a 1920 Dodge tourer (€8,000-€12,000)  to a selection of chandeliers at €100-€200 the separate auctions of contents from two hotels will provide much to interest bargain hunters next week.  Victor Mee of Belturbet,  Co. Cavan will offer more than 2,000 lots, online and in house, from Finnstown Castle, Lucan on April 4, 5 and 6.  Sean Eacrett of Ballybrittas, Co. Laois will hold a first part sale of contents from the Lough Erne Resort, with 883 lots on April 4. Finnstown announced its closure last November, not long after undergoing a refurbishment.  The popular Lough Erne Resort near Enniskillen is undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

    Top lots from Finnstown include the Dodge tourer and a red Singer 9 roadster made for the sewing machine company, fully restored in the 1980’s (€5,000-€8,000), an Irish Victorian mirror bar back with antique glass (€4,000-€8,000), a 19th century ebonised inverted breakfront credenza (€8,000-€12,000), a pair of early 19th century bronze coat and hat stands from a Dublin bank (€5,000-€10,000), a life size bronze model of a stag (€3,000-€6,000), a pair of Irish brass bound peat buckets (€3,000-€5,000) and an Irish 19th century carved mahogany centre table (€4,000-€6,000).There are garden gazebos and urns, outdoor statues of the four seasons, a moulded stone well head and arch, bronze and moulded stone animals, fountains, archways, a pair of early 19th century spiral wrought iron gate pillars, a pair of arched wrought iron leaded glass windows, a good selection of garden benches and a small glasshouse.

    19th century boulle credenza at Victor Mee. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    The Lough Erne collection sale, the first of three, will include chandeliers at €100-€200, stylish chairs, mahogany veneer desks and cabinets, mirrors and pictures.  All are in excellent condition. Wing back floral fabric armchairs are estimated at €80-€120 and tub chairs at €60-€100.  There are single and double headboards, luggage racks, glass door cabinets and one hundred ebonised and gilt table lamps with estimates of €30-€50 each.


    Saturday, February 25th, 2023
    This oil on board of a group of musicians by Brendan McDonagh from Killoran’s Pub in Co. Sligo was prominent on the set of Normal People. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    A treat is in store for fans of Sally Rooney’s Normal People.  A great selection of collectibles from Killoran’s Pub in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, used for the filming of the global hit TV series will feature at the pub and memorabilia sale by Victor Mee on February 28, March 1 and 2. Large paintings of traditional Irish musicians and an Irish country scene were seen in positions of prominence in episode 10.  Many of the lots on offer feature inconspicuously in the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series. Killoran’s is steeped in historic memorabilia.  Among the lots from the pub is a pair of boots worn by late GAA midfielder Eamonn Mongey in the 1951 All-Ireland final – the last time Mayo took home the Sam Maguire. There is a collection of rare advertising mirrors, an early 20th century Paddy Pure Pot Still mirror and an Ogden’s cigarette dispensing cabinet of similar vintage.  With more than 1,300 lots the sale is on view at Cloverhill, Co. Cavan today, tomorrow and Monday and the catalogue is online.


    Monday, February 20th, 2023

    This pine bar back with barley twist columns and tongue and groove backing comes up as lot 304 at Victor Mee’s three day Normal People pub memorabilia and collectibles sale. On offer are contents from Killoran’s Pub, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. The pub was used for the filming of the global TV hit and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Normal People, based on the novel by Sally Rooney. A total of 1,378 lots will come under the hammer during three days of sales on February 28, March 1 and March 2. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Tuesday, September 20th, 2022
    Bronze sculpture of boys climbing a ladder made 7,200 at hammer

    This seasonal bronze sculpture of boys climbing a ladder made a hammer price of 7,200 at the opening evening of Victor Mee’s three day Palace Collection sale on September 20. Two Irish Georgian marble statuary fireplaces each made 14,000, a plaster cast statue of Venus of Arles made 4,600,, a bronze sculpture of a majestic stage made 3,600, an Irish Georgian longcase clock by John Irwin of Boyle made 4,000, an Irish Crystal 15 branch chandelier made 3,500 and a 17th century oak refectory table made 3,400. The online sale continues at 6 pm on September 21 and 22.

    (See post on for September 16, 2022)


    Friday, September 16th, 2022
    Irish Georgian marble breakfront chimney piece. UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    This Irish Georgian fireplace is among the top lots at Victor Mee’s annual Palace Collection sale which runs from September 20-22. Viewing gets underway at the former Bishop’s Palace, Kilmore, Co Cavan on September 17 and the catalogue is online. There are 1,748 lots of antique furniture, decorative interior pieces and garden furniture and the auction includes contents from Benmore House in Co. Fermanagh. The breakfront chimney piece with centre plaque illustrated here is estimated at €15,000-€25,000 and is lot 250b. It is one of a number of fireplace pieces in the sale. There is a big selection of antique furniture, art, collectibles and a variety with a wide appeal to all tastes across varying price ranges.


    Thursday, July 21st, 2022
    Victorian Irish pitch pine bar counter and back. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This rare Victorian Irish pitch pine bar counter with mirrored bar back surmounted with reverse painted glass panels and carved with shamrocks comes up at Victor Mee’s sale on July 26-27. The two day auction of pub memorabilia, collectibles and decorative advertising features 728 lots. The bar here, lot 161, is at €4,000-€8,000 one of the most expensively estimated pieces but this is a sale with something to suit all budgets. The decorative interiors sale planned by Victor Mee for this week had to be postponed until August 9 and 10 due to a case of covid.


    Saturday, July 9th, 2022
    Panelled hand painted and gilded gesso French chateau interior. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    In a year when so many projects are behind time and skills are hard to come by the words “hold that building job” are difficult to utter.  It might be just worth the risk for lot 624 at Victor Mee’s upcoming decorative interiors, architectural and pub memorabilia sale.  If your concept of Les Liasons dangereuses revolves around a risky rush of blood at the auction room and your taste runs to gilded French interiors of the 18th century then this is the lot for you.

    On offer is a totally over the top richly gilded panelled room with etched glass panel doors and original fireplace from a chateau near Versailles. The estimate for the lot is €25,000-€35,000 and good luck to anyone prepared to take it on.  Armed with this piece of kit any purchaser would be in a perfect position to utter the words: “welcome to my humble abode” or mutter “a mere bagatelle I picked up at a sale”.  These recreations really do work. There are wonderfully atmospheric French rooms recreated from original panelling at the Metropolitan Museum in New York where you need a pinch to know that you are in the US and not in France. The illustration here includes a pair of life size stone lamp statues on marble bases.  These are a separate lot numbered 715 in a brimful of interest catalogue of 1,124 lots, and the estimate is €2,750-€3,750.

    The stylish mantel piece (note quantity of panels reflected in the mirror).

    Victor Mee is based in Co. Cavan but is an offsite online sale which is on view at Tallbridge Road, Cranagill, Co. Armagh, BT62 8NP in Northern Ireland on July 16 and 17 from 11 am to 4 pm on each day. Among the lots are doors of various types, pediments, dividers,  cast iron radiators, panelling, corbels, gates, lighting, chairs, display units, clocks, mirrors, a crocodile skin, tables, prints, bar fittings, urns, cast iron models of models, a gazebo, a stone fountain and a 19th century carved oak pulpit.


    Sunday, May 29th, 2022

    THIS exceptional three tiered moulded stone French fountain is the top lot at the summer garden sale by Victor Mee on June 15. The surround is decorated with shells and lion’s masks and is estimated at 5,000-10,000. The online sale of 430 lots features benches, planters, animal models, statues, gazebos and various objects designed to enhance the garden. UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

    Still winning after all these years the brothers Edward (1827?-1887) and John Burke (1829-1892) have done it again. A framed E and J Burke Dublin Chicago and New York Baseball players advertisement made a hammer price of 19,000 as Victor Mee’s three day sale of HCR chemists memorabilia, pub memorabilia and decorative advertising began to draw to a conclusion this evening. It was lot number 1447 in the sale. In March 2020 a similar advertisement made 17,500 at Sheppards.

    The brothers were Irish distillers, brewers, bottlers and importers, cousins of Benjamin Lee Guinness and grandsons of the first Arthur Guinness. The company they founded in 1847 was in business in New York City from 1874 to 1953. A six story brick warehouse at 616 W 46th St. served as headquarters and storage from 1913-1922.

    (See post on for March 3, 2020)


    Saturday, March 12th, 2022
    Mahogany pharmacy shop back with 84 labelled drawers. UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,200 AT HAMMER

    The clearance sale of contents from the chain of Hayes Conyngham Robinson chemist shops at Victor Mee next week is just the tonic for collectors with an interest in  Ireland’s retail history.  An entire era of shop fittings went into long term storage when the business was taken over by Boots in 1998.  Historic items like beautiful old cash registers and the kind of medicine bottles your grandmother would have been familiar with will come under the hammer at a three day live and online sale from Belturbet, Co. Cavan, which will include pub and advertising memorabilia, starting on Monday.

    Founded in 1897 HCR operated for over 100 years, ending up with 30 locations across Ireland. All proceeds from the HCR lots are to be donated to Bernardo’s.  Chemist jars with black and gold labels and early 20th century amber glass chemist bottles are redolent of an era that many older readers will fondly remember, a time when no visit by a child with an adult to a chemist shop  would be complete without a twisted orange coloured barley sugar stick. The ingenuity of collectors is legendary and the thought of new life and new uses for venerable items like an early 20th century mahogany chemist counter back is heartening.  This one, complete with centre glazed door and gilded PRESCRIPTIONS pediment, is estimated at €1,500-€2,500.  There is an estimate of €1,000-€2,000 on a mahogany chemist counter and a shop counter with a bank of 50 drawers is estimated at €1,500-€3,000.

    Collection of eight Bristol blue chemist bottles. UPDATE: THESE MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    There are various collections of chemists poison bottles, amber bottles and glass jars at estimates of from €50 to €250. There are wall cabinets, wooden advertising boxes, floor cabinets with adjustable shelving, shop display cabinets and even an animatronic chemists advertising machine.A Kirker and Green advertising mirow from the Connswater Distillery in Belfast, which closed in 1929, is a leading lot in the pub memorabilia section.  There is a highly collectible Mitchell’s Whiskey mirror, Capstan and Players cigarette machines and some bottles of rare Irish whiskey.  The catalogue is online and Victor Mee is hosting actual viewings for the first time in two years.  Auctions are at 5 pm on March 14, 15 and 16.

    A messenger bike from Roches pub grocery shop on Inishbofin. UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER