Telephones, computers and even a punch bag - All Central Bank items auctioned
TELEPHONES, wellies, computers and even the kitchen sinks from the former Central Bank building went under the hammer in a massive auction.
More than 4,000 items from the iconic offices on Dame Street were sold off in a day long sell off in Co Laois yesterday.
The huge catalogue included standard office and catering equipment, a punching bag, weights and a pink bean bag.
But due to the sheer scale of the sell-off, auctioneer Sean Eacrett was still calling out bids at The Heritage Resort in Killenard by dinner time today; his voice slightly worse for wear at the halfway point after selling 1,650 lots by 3pm.
"That is a world record," a spokesman said.
The former bowling alley was filled with thousands of office telephones, computer monitors, desks - even live potted plants - as bargain-hunters bid in person or online for the vast array of goods on offer.
Among the more quirky items was a purple and pink plush sofa, a framed SAS tourist poster of the Imperial Palace Temple, Bangkok from the 1970s and three cinema seats from the former Rathmines Cinema.
A circular board room table, where executives from the bank attempted to navigate the financial crisis, was also up for sale at the auction.
But everyday mundane items – including a bundle of metal coat hangers – sold for €30 while even a set of food expiry date labels from the bank’s former in-house kitchen went under the hammer.
Dublin antiques dealer Niall Mullen, who bought the entire lot of goods from the Central Bank, was still tallying the sales last night.
Mr Mullen negotiated a deal with the Central Bank whereby he had to take everything from the building.
"But everything must go," he said.
"If there is a profit, [it] will be from the catering furniture, the board room furniture, the chairs," he said.
But even a humble pair of green wellies were probably put to good use during the Central Bank’s tenure on Dame Street from 1980 until this year when moved to its €140m new offices in the Dublin Docklands.
"When the flood waters starting coming in in 2008 maybe one of the board members bought them for the (Central Bank) Governor at the time," he joked.
As for the punching bag, "I’d say that came in around 2007/08 to relieve stress," he added.
Mr Mullen, who previously sold the entire contents of the Morrison Hotel and Berkeley Court Hotel, said he not only cleared out the entire contents of the Cental Bank HQ, but four other buildings it occupied.
"I have never been at a sale of this magnitude where every single item has sold," he said.
"Online buyers definitely won the day with over 300 people at any one time bidding over the internet," he said.
"Sam Stephenson-designed furniture, made to compliment the building, was a big hit with online bidders with printer desks selling for between €80-€170, desks averaging €160 and a stick or umbrella stand fetching €160," he added.
But for William and Olive Flynn from Donabate, north county Dublin, it wasn’t worth the trek after driving in last Sunday to survey the goods.
The couple, who own a plant nursery, drove to Co Laois hoping to snap up some adjoining lockers for their staff.
But they were all gone by the time they arrived yesterday.