Relics of ‘The Ir­ish RM’ and a Tory’s 1930 Rolls-Royce up for auc­tion

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A 1930 Rolls-Royce which was the pride and joy of a Bri­tish deputy prime min­is­ter, the al­tar flag from Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit and the iconic pony car­riage from The Ir­ish RM will fea­ture in a spe­cial Brexit-themed auc­tion at the Her­itage Ho­tel, Kil­lenard, later this month.

The vin­tage Rolls-Royce was the prop­erty of UK Con­ser­va­tive Rab But­ler, who served as Bri­tain’s deputy prime min­is­ter (1962-63), home sec­re­tary, chan­cel­lor of the ex­che­quer and for­eign min­is­ter.

The 1930 3.7-litre Roll­sRoyce Con­ti­nen­tal Sports Saloon was orig­i­nally built for El­iz­a­beth Cour­tauld, heir to the in­dus­trial tex­tile em­pire, be­fore pass­ing through her fam­ily in 1946 into the own­er­ship of But­ler, known as the fa­ther of the Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem.

It was bought by an Ir­ish owner for £25,000 in the mid-1990s and is ex­pected to fetch be­tween €50,000€70,000 at the auc­tion.

The auc­tion, by Sig­na­ture Auc­tions in part­ner­ship with Vic­tor Mee Auc­tion­eers, also fea­tures a num­ber of clas­sic cars, in­clud­ing a work­ing 1940s Model T Ford, a vin­tage Mercedes and a lux­ury Pan­ther car from the 1980s.

Two-wheeled trans­port is also up for grabs with an an­tique de­liv­ery bike from Dublin’s GPO fea­tur­ing a gi­ant mail bas­ket, which still has all its orig­i­nal ac­cou­trements and pa­per­work, in­cluded in the sale.

Among the stand­out fea­tures of the 2,000-piece auc­tion is the 40ft-long ver­ti­cal back­drop from the Pa­pal Mass in the Phoenix Park in 1979.

“We are call­ing this our Brexit auc­tion as it high­lights the long-stand­ing links be­tween our two na­tions,” said Niall Mullen of Sig­na­ture Auc­tions.

“The trap from The Ir­ish RM is the ve­hi­cle used by lead ac­tor Peter Bowles in the 1980s TV se­ries based on the Somerville and Ross nov­els about a Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate and filmed in Kil­dare and Wick­low.

“There is a host of North­ern Ir­ish mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing an an­tique Orange Lodge Lam­beg drum.

“Our pieces from North­ern Ire­land in­clude a rare road sign from the late 19th or early 20th Cen­tury, show­ing a Belfast-Dro­more-Dublin route, along with some beau­ti­ful signs from old Ul­ster whiskey dis­tillers and woollen mills.”

The auc­tion will also fea­ture a col­lec­tion of rock mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing a U2 jacket from the band’s Joshua Tree tour, along with posters and ticket col­lec­tions.

For mo­tor-sport en­thu­si­asts, there is also a jacket signed by Michael Schu­macher from the 1999 Barcelona Grand Prix.

View­ing for the Brexit auc­tion on Oc­to­ber 23-24, is in the Golf Club of the Her­itage Ho­tel, Kil­lenard, Co Laois, from Satur­day to Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 20-22, 10am to 6pm.

The auc­tion cat­a­logue will be avail­able to view at vic­tormeeauc­tions.ie.

“Ev­ery­thing must go, no re­serve,” said Niall — who, along with part­ner Mark O’Dwyer, last year held the 14-hour dis­posal of the con­tents of the Cen­tral Bank.

STAR BILLING: Peter Bowles in the orig­i­nal trap from the iconic TV se­ries ‘The Ir­ish RM’, which was filmed in Wick­low and Kil­dare

Jerome Reilly UN­DER THE HAM­MER: A 1930 3.7 litre Rolls-Royce Con­ti­nen­tal Sports and the orig­i­nal trap from the TV se­ries ‘The Ir­ish RM’

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