Pun­ters keen to nab a slice of home’s his­tory

CONTENTS OF MAN­SION GO UN­DER HAM­MER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

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.

Pic­ture: PHILLIP ROGERS

Buyer Dex­ter Flint with a Bud­dha statue and auc­tion ad­min­is­tra­tor Clare Ger­maine with an an­tique veg­etable dish.

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