THE first block of hotelier PV Doyle's empire was dismantled this weekend as the contents of the Montrose Hotel in south Dublin were sold off.
It was the hotel where film legends including Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Liza Minnelli, Peter Ustinov and Maureen O'Hara stayed.
Yesterday afternoon, a large crowd – with publican and businessman Charlie Chawke among them – gathered as more than 3,500 lots went under the hammer in a one-day sale.
The room was packed to the rafters, with one attendee remarking how it was impossible to get parking within a kilometre of the premises.
Built in 1964 beside the Stillorgan dual carriageway in Donnybrook, the 158-bedroom hotel was also a meeting place for RTE's biggest stars.
Yesterday, brisk business was done as antique clocks, mirrors, furniture, paintings and brass statues – everything including the light fittings – were auctioned off.
A four-poster bed from the Jack Charlton Suite that was slept in by the legendary soccer manager himself and a signed copy of the Belfast Agreement were also among the lots.
Three Waterford crystal chandeliers, two Empire-style chandeliers, more than 100 table lamps, a dozen settees and a hundred double beds were put under the hammer.