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Friday 20 September 2019

Personal items of leading ladies to go under hammer

Stephanie Thomas wears a sequin beaded silk gown and 18ct white gold ruby and diamond necklace with matching ear rings from Maureen O'Hara's collection Photo: Gerry Mooney
Stephanie Thomas wears a sequin beaded silk gown and 18ct white gold ruby and diamond necklace with matching ear rings from Maureen O'Hara's collection Photo: Gerry Mooney

Caroline Crawford

They are two of the most famous Irish women, who hit the heights of very different careers - now the personal items of former President Mary Robinson and actress Maureen O'Hara are set to go under the hammer here.

Sheppard's auctioneers will hold two auctions incorporating the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood life and the gravitas of a former Head of State.

An emerald bangle Photo: Gerry Mooney
An emerald bangle Photo: Gerry Mooney

Philip Sheppard said they have seen a lot of interest nationally and internationally.

Each of the collections contains over 200 pieces, with the items relating to Mrs Robinson estimated to sell for around €200,000 and the O'Hara items expected to go for in the region of €500,000.

"There is equal interest in the auctions. The O'Hara auction has got some jewellery for €80,000 to €100,000. There is a lot of interest in the emeralds and diamond jewellery and also a lot of interest in a white mink coat trimmed with Arctic fox fur, and we have a photograph of her wearing it.

"For the Robinson auction, there is a lot of interest in a portrait of President Robinson by the artist Derek Hill with a companion portrait of Nick Robinson. There is a desk, an oval library table, which is really an exceptional museum piece," he added.

An 8.2ct diamond ring valued at up to €150,000 from Maureen O'Hara's collection Photo: Gerry Mooney
An 8.2ct diamond ring valued at up to €150,000 from Maureen O'Hara's collection Photo: Gerry Mooney

The items go on public view in Sheppard's Durrow saleroom from Saturday, before the auction on November 28 and 29.

Maureen O'Hara Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Maureen O'Hara Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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