Col­lec­tor seeks vin­tage Airstream car­a­van in ex­change for Fer­rari

Slice of pure 1960s Amer­i­cana worth about ¤50,000 the main at­trac­tion at Laois auc­tion

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - Alanna Gal­lagher

There’s money in nos­tal­gia. One of the most ex­cit­ing lots at Co Ca­van-based Vic­tor Mee Auc­tions up­com­ing sale is a 1964 Airstream Land Yacht Sa­fari, a glo­ri­ously curved em­bod­i­ment of 1960s Amer­i­cana.

It ac­tu­ally shim­mers, thanks to its alu­minium ex­te­rior and in­te­rior, but is, es­sen­tially, a very up­mar­ket car­a­van that will draw at­ten­tion wher­ever you choose to park it. And that is part of its ap­peal.

The four-berth car­a­van has wooden coun­ter­tops, a checker­board floor, ging­ham cur­tains and an awning that was de­signed to pro­vide shade but in an Ir­ish cli­mate will also help keep the rain at bay. In pris­tine con­di­tion, it has had just a cou­ple of 21st-cen­tury ad­di­tions; so­lar pan­els on the roof and a flat-screen TV.

The ve­hi­cle is ex­pected to make up to ¤50,000.

For an­tique dealer Niall Mullen, the ring­mas­ter who compiled the cat­a­logue, it feels like step­ping back in time to the 1 960s. Mullen, who turned-over ¤600,000 from Fe­bru­ary’s Celtic Tiger clear­ance, which in­cluded Game of Thrones- style bronze doors from Howl at the Moon, has sev­eral par­ties in­ter­ested in the Airstream.

It is one of many items to go un­der the ham­mer at the sale which takes place on

‘‘ The ve­hi­cle has had a cou­ple of 21st-cen­tury ad­di­tions; so­lar pan­els and a flat-screen TV

Tues­day, June 19th and Wed­nes­day, June 20th. What he’s most ex­cited by is the fact that one would-be buyer has con­signed a 1979 red Fer­rari that the ven­dor hopes will fund his Airstream pur­chase.

An­other must-see lot is the 35-piece 1950s carousel that was found in Co Done­gal and is in orig­i­nal con­di­tion, bar some chipped paint­work. It is guid­ing be­tween ¤10,500 and ¤17,500 as a sin­gle lot.

The sale also fea­tures much of the decor of Café en Seine, one of Dublin’s orig­i­nal su­per­pubs and in­cludes a 7½ foot griz­zly bear, com­plete with box­ing gloves.

The bear was just one of the many items pur­chased in At­lanta and shipped to Ire- land in 40ft con­tain­ers to dress the Daw­son Street wa­ter­ing hole. With a guide price of be­tween ¤3,000 and ¤5,000, Mullen says a world-fa­mous film-maker has ex­pressed an in­ter­est in it but he is stay­ing tight-lipped about their iden­tity.

There are also a num­ber of Art Nou­veau- s t y l e bronzes guid­ing from ¤500-¤5,000.

The sale will also in­clude some more prac­ti­cal items; fully-lined cur­tains from the Shel­bourne Ho­tel that have a 12ft drop, ideal for pe­riod homes, are guid­ing be­tween ¤200 and ¤300 per pair and leather wing­back chairs that came out of what was The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Balls­bridge are guid­ing be­tween ¤300 and ¤500 each.

How­ever, fur­ni­ture isn’t what’s ex­cit­ing would-be at­ten­dees on so­cial me­dia.

Peo­ple are no longer in­ter­ested in side­boards, says Mullen.

“They want taxi­dermy, enamel pub signs and other talk­ing-point buys. It’s a fash­ion but it is bet­ter than buy­ing some­thing new that will be con­signed to a skip in 10 years’ time.”

View­ing takes place from Thurs­day, June 14th to Mon­day, June 18th, 10am to 6pm daily. Vic­tormeeauc­tions.ie

A 1964 Airstream Land Yacht Sa­fari. Left: a 1979 red Fer­rari that the ven­dor hopes will fund his Airstream pur­chase. Right: a 7.5 foot griz­zly bear, com­plete with box­ing gloves

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