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Marilyn statue in Mansfield's ex-home auction

THESE are the elaborate antiques which once belonged to businessman Jim Mansfield and are now going under the hammer at auction.

A life-size Marilyn Monroe statue, golf buggies and vintage horse traps are among the items that are being sold as part of an auction of contents of the plush Palmerstown House estate.

The magnificent estate and golf course was the formally owned by the well-known hotelier and businessman Jim Mansfield.

Mr Mansfield paid more than €12m for the property in 2000 but it was later sold to a Galway based firm after his business empire collapsed.

Ashgrove Auctions are selling the estate's residue contents next Tuesday in two different auctions.

Some of the contents will be sold in a style that is reminiscent of the hit American TV show Storage Wars.

Auctioneer Sean Eacrett said that it would prove to be a real "treasure trove" for anyone interested in antiques.

All of the items for sale belonged to the various different owners of the house, including Mr Mansfield. Among the more unusual items up for sale in the house is a life-sized statue of Marilyn Monroe.

"The statue is life-sized and it is slightly damaged but I believe that thousands was paid for it so it could go for a fair bit," said Mr Eacrett.

However, it is the Storage Wars element -where buyers purchase a lot without knowing the contents - that Eacrett is looking forward to the most.

"There are about 40 stables that are just packed with items and we didn't have the time to go through them, so, just like on the TV show, people won't be allowed into the stables. They will be able to look in from the outside and basically each stable will be sold with no reserve," said Mr Eacrett.


"There is a lot of architectural stuff in them and even some golf buggies. There are some spare parts for the buggies and vintage traps," he added.

The Storage Wars sale will take place at 12pm before the rest of the items in the house are sold at 2pm.

"You can't put an estimate on how much an auction like this is going to make but you would be looking at a six figure sum," said Mr Eacrett.

"It is going to be a treasure trove for some people. There is a huge amount of architectural stuff such as fireplaces, stained glass, bars and a kitchen taken out during renovations.

"There are also some great quality antique furniture, paintings galore, about 50 very good rugs and a number of garden features," he added.

"We are the first people in Ireland to do live bidding and now we'll also be the first to do storage wars."

There are 700 lots up for sale and much of the furniture dates back to the 1800s.