Thursday 22 February 2018

Lambert fans snap up puppeteer's memorabilia

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Some of the secrets behind the star of the TV show 'Wanderly Wagon' may have been contained in a little dog-eared pamphlet, 'Ventriloquism for Beginners', once priced '9d'.

It was just one of the much-loved books that for many a year graced the Victorian bookcases of the late puppeteer Eugene Lambert's home.

As people squeezed into the showroom of Adams Blackrock for the sale of Lambert memorabilia, auctioneer Martina Noonan said there had been "huge" interest in the items being sold from the large four-storey Monkstown home of the Sligo-born performer, who died in 2010 aged 81.

His daughter, Paula Lambert, said just some items from the house were being sold.

"The puppet theatre is still up and running," she said, adding the Lambert Puppet Theatre was his pride and joy.

And the auction proved successful as a top hat and fez sold for €145, while a gilt table went for €560.

A large Victorian library bookcase from the home sold for €1,400, but the four-poster bed failed to reach its reserve.

And the collection of books – snapped up for around €500 – emphasised his love of Irish writers including Samuel Beckett, John B Keane and James Joyce, and also of his adopted city, Dublin.

Irish Independent

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