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Haughey's clock under the hammer

Published 05/12/2010 | 05:00

He once famously gave Maggie Thatcher a Georgian silver teapot and fancied himself as a man who enjoyed the finer things in life -- although often at the expense of others.

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And Charles Haughey filled Abbeville, his Gandon-designed home in Kinsealy, with the finest antiques and paintings.

Now one of his prize possessions, a highly decorative and fine quality ebonised Bracket Clock dating back to the 1800s, will go under the hammer on Tuesday at Mealy's Sale in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.

For those with a penchant for collecting the memorabilia and artefacts of the notorious, it's a golden opportunity.

After all, at an auction in New York one collector recently paid $1,700 (€1,267) for fraudster Bernie Madoff's underwear and a collection of his "gently used" socks by Charvet of Paris -- coincidentally also Mr Haughey's favoured gents outfitters.

The clock, originally owned by the late Mr Haughey, has Cambridge chimes on eight bells and boasts a "double fusee movement".

Haughey's much-loved clock has been priced between €3,000 and €4,000.

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