Punters keen to nab a slice of home’s history
CONTENTS OF MANSION GO UNDER HAMMER
HISTORIC contents of Victorian Italianate mansion Mimosa House have been auctioned for around $150,000.
The heritage-listed landmark, in St Marys, recently sold for $2 million and the furnishings were all up for grabs on Sunday.
Despite a break-in on Friday night which saw the amount of lots for sale reduced from 550 to 520, Lawsons business development manager Shauna Farrenprice said the auction still achieved a 95 per cent clearance rate.
One of the star pieces for sale, a complete 1904 parlour setting custom-built for the house, was sold in five lots but one buyer managed to secure them all except a small corner table.
What Ms Farrenprice estimated could get $5000, sold for more than $7000.
“There is actually a really lovely backstory to this too. The lady who bought it all lost everything in the Winmalee (Blue Mountains) bushfires,” Ms Farrenprice said.
“She wanted to buy things with a history because she literally lost everything. I am so pleased it all stayed together.”
The Alcock and Sons fullsized billiards table went for the bargain price of $2900, the David Jones grand mirror sold for $675 and the marble-topped hall stand sold for $2000.
“There were some interesting prices achieved on some items such as a Lecreuset saucepan, which you can still buy in the shops. “It sold for $240,” she said. Before the property’s latest sale, the double-storey six-bedroom house, at 13 Pages Rd, had just two owners since it was built in 1894.
The residence, spread over a 3718sq m block which fronts Victoria Park, was built for original owner Andrew Thompson, a businessman in St Marys.
On Saturday and Sunday morning, residents took advantage of their last chance to see inside the home with all contents still in place.
“It was lovely to see so many with a really genuine interest in the past,” Ms Farrenprice said.
Buyer Dexter Flint with a Buddha statue and auction administrator Clare Germaine with an antique vegetable dish.