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In the Salerooms: 160-year-old Irish £1 note sells for €1,400 at auction


The 160-year-old Irish £1 note that sold for €1,400

The 160-year-old Irish £1 note that sold for €1,400

The 160-year-old Irish £1 note that sold for €1,400

Niall Mullen

A 160-year-old Irish £1 note found behind a cooker sold for €1,400 at Niall Mullen’s auction of April 13 and 14. The Northern Banking Company note was discovered in the home of the late auctioneer Michael Mullen.

“The old cash and coins belonged to my father and we found them behind a cooker in his home last year, a few years after he died,” says Niall, who runs an antiques shop on Dublin’s Francis Street.

“My sister gave me the old banknote to sell. Bidding started at €20, but after four minutes, it had reached €1,400.”

Other highlights of the sale included a Victorian hand cart (€2,000); an Irish hedge chair (€1,350), an 18th century side table (€2,200); an 1847 Commodore’s Flag formerly of Beauparc House in Slane (€2,200); a painting by Daniel O’Neill (€2,500); a cast-iron bath (€1,000); and a set of Georgian plates dating from 1751 (€5,000). Many of these were barn finds.

“Some of the items had been stuck out in containers and sheds. A table from 1900, which had been left in an open-sided shed, made €1,900,” Niall says.


Brown furniture fought back at Adam’s Library Collection sale, which closed on April 14. There were many surprises, not least of which was a modest Victorian dinner gong and beater (est €100 to €150), which sold for €1,400.

Other pieces that surpassed expectations included an 18th century French jewellery casket (est €700 to €1,000), which fetched €4,200; a pair of 19th century Irish mahogany tray top wine tables (est €800 to €1,200), which sold for €3,200; and a mahogany circular extending dining table by Arthur Brett in the George IV style, which more than doubled its lower estimate to fetch €17,000.

See adams.ie. 

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Morgan O’Driscoll

A powerful and disquieting portrait by Daniel O’Neill, The Yellow Dress, (Lot 55: est €15,000 to €25,000) sold for €30,000 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online Irish & International Art Auction, which closed on Monday, April 19. Other pieces of interest included The Parrott House, Dublin Zoo (c.1890) by Walter Frederick Osborne (Lot 81: est €15,000 to €25,000), which fetched €38,000.

See morganodriscoll.com.

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