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