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Antiques dealer Niall Mullen with some of the lots from Sam’s Bar, the Dawson Hotel and La Stampa restaurant

Antiques dealer Niall Mullen with some of the lots from Sam’s Bar, the Dawson Hotel and La Stampa restaurant

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Antiques dealer Niall Mullen with some of the lots from Sam’s Bar, the Dawson Hotel and La Stampa restaurant

A major slice of Dublin nightlife will go under the hammer as the entire contents of a top hotel, bar, restaurant and casino form the centrepiece of an interiors auction.

The countless revellers who wined and dined at the city's Dawson Hotel, Sam's Bar and La Stampa restaurant will have the chance to pick up their very own mementos tomorrow and Wednesday.

The entire front facade of the city's Berkeley Court Hotel, complete with revolving doors, is also up for grabs.

The lots form part of a catalogue of items that also includes the roulette wheels, blackjack tables and dealer's chair from the former Silks Casino in the capital.

More than 1,400 lots will be auctioned in the Niall Mullen Signature Auction at Eureka House in Kells, Co Meath.

The Dawson Hotel sale includes a "lifetime's collection" of items amassed by former owner Louis Murray.

"He put his own stamp on it around 15 years ago, he had lots of style about him," antiques dealer Mr Mullen said.

"Whether it was the lighting, soft furnishings or gilt bedroom furniture, everything is of very good quality. The decor included eastern and Moroccan themes, so it was all a bit different.

"He put in individual pieces of furniture, lighting and got things made. The copper- fronted lights were designed for Sam's Bar and it was worth going in and taking those out carefully.

"The Art Deco lights on the bar are similar. The large mirror in the hotel is eight feet tall and was bought in Cooke's Antiques.

"One of the light fittings is designed as a hot-air balloon. They had massively high ceilings and this was to make a statement. "It's unique."

Mr Mullen is co-ordinating the no-reserve sale in partnership with Victor Mee Auctions.

It took a month to strip the contents of the hotel, Sam's Bar and La Stampa, which were then transported in five containers to Meath.

Included are the sound and DJ equipment from the Dawson, disco lights and turntables and 80 pairs of lamps.

Charity

A miniature green and white replica Irish phone box is expected to fetch between €2,000 and €3,000, with the sale proceeds going to suic- ide prevention charity Pieta House.

Lots from Roly's Bistro in Ballsbridge, items from the estate of the late Ryanair founder Tony Ryan, a set of alabaster lights from Dromoland Castle in Co Clare and a wine display table from Fallon and Byrne on Dublin's Exchequer Street will also feature.

Organisers said that keeping with government guidelines, those living in Meath can attend viewings and the auction, but by appointment only with Victor Mee.


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