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Lord Ballyedmond’s treasures to go under the hammer for millions

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lord Ballyedmond’s treasures to go under the hammer for millions thumbnail Inside the dining room of Lord Ballyedmond’s home at Belgrave Square, London. THE antiques collection of the late Lord Ballyedmond is expected to fetch millions at auction

Lady Ballyedmond of Killowen is selling her late husband's exquisite antiques collection from his Belgravia luxury home in London.

International auction house, Sotheby's, who have charge of the sale said on its website the sumptuous collection of objects recalls the aristocratic London town house of the 'fin de siècle'.

Sotheby's said the superb silver, decorative furniture and pictures were "acquired to create an evocative series of interiors conceived as the perfect setting for entertaining in the grandest tradition".

Lord Ballyedmond, founder of Norbrook Laboratories in Newry, was killed when his Agusta Westland AW139 came down in a field in heavy fog shortly after take-off from the estate he owned in Gillingham, Norfolk on 13 March 2014.

Also known as Dr Edward Haughey, he died in the crash alongside his foreman, Declan Small from Mayobridge and his pilot and co-pilot.

Last year, a sprawling mansion built in the area where the late Lord Ballyedmond spent his childhood, was put on the market.

The property, which has an asking price of over 4m Euros, is situated in Kilcurry, outside Dundalk in Co Louth and is known as Dungooley Lodge.

Dr Haughey, who was Northern Ireland's richest man, was set to add the unfinished property to a host of homes he owned around the world.

The upcoming auction which will take place later this month will provide a unique insight into the private world of the late Lord Ballyedmond's London residence.

Speaking to a daily newspaper, Lady Ballyedmond said her late husband had an eclectic eye for interesting things, and an amazing ability to understand engineering, and architecture.

The family told the newspaper Lord Ballyedmond wouldn't want his treasured items to end up in display cabinets, but that the buyers will use and appreciate them.

The Ballyedmond Collection auction takes place on 23 and 24 May in London with Part II of the Ballyedmond Collection expected to run from 23 May-5 June.

According to Sotheby's, part II of the collection will include an online auction of his dressing accessories.

The website said: "Lord Ballyedmond was an elegant man and discerning collector. The cufflinks, tie-pins and watches he adored all illustrate, like his collection as a whole, his remarkable sophistication.

"Great names adorn this online offering and include Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron, Fred and Tiffany & Co. The sale also features his bespoke red leather travelling case which held this incredible collection. Estimates range from £150 to £6,000."

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