Iconic Hotel Contents for Auction

The contents of several hotels and pubs will be put up for auction next week following refurbishments and clear-outs undertaken during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furniture, artwork and collectibles from Dublin's Intercontinental, Westin and Trinity City hotels, Glenlo Abbey in Galway, and Powerscourt Resort and Spa in Wicklow will be put under the hammer next Tuesday and Wednesday (17-18 January).

Memorabilia from the famous Buck Whaley’s nightclub and Larry Murphy’s pub in the capital will also be sold at the Five Star Interiors Sale. The online auction, hosted on Dublin's Prussia Street, will feature more than 1,100 lots expected to generate in excess of €200,000.

"All of these hotels and bars were refurbished during Covid, when their doors were shut and the contents moved to storage," said antiques dealer Niall Mullen, who is organising the auction with Kieran Murray. "Already, it promises to be one of the most interesting auctions of the year. Taking on a hotel auction is tricky, but when they all come together like this, they work."

A desk with 40 drawers, originally from Harrods department store and being sold by Dublin's oldest shop, Reads Cutlers, now House of Read on Parliament Street, will be put on sale with a guide price of €2,000-4,000.

Side cabinets, lamps and lockers from the former Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, a bust of Frank Sinatra, a Graham Knuttel oil painting (€5,000-7,000) and a life-size bronze sculpture of a hunting hare, all privately consigned, are expected to attract interest.

Original pub mirrors, posters and bar stools from the former Buck Whaley’s club and Larry Murphy’s on Lower Baggot Street will also feature, alongside the original wooden ticket office from the Ambassador cinema on O'Connell Street.

The online auction begins at 2pm on 17 and 18 January.