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Thursday 24 May 2018

Niall's first guitar sells for four times €300 estimate

The inscription on the first-ever guitar owned by Niall Horan.
The inscription on the first-ever guitar owned by Niall Horan.

The first guitar owned by One Direction star Niall Horan was sold at auction for more than four times what it was estimated to be worth.

The guitar, estimated to cost €300, made €1,200 after frantic bidding.

Horan, who now has a successful solo career, signed the instrument in felt-tip pen and wrote an inscription: "This is the first guitar I ever owned. Got it when I was nine. Much love."

The guitar was a prize at a previous charity auction for Debra Ireland. The charity gives support to those living with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) - a condition which makes skin as fragile as a butterfly's wings, meaning it blisters at the slightest touch.

The guitar was on sale at Whyte's auction house, as part of its Eclectic Collector collection, in Dublin on Saturday.

Withdrawn

It was a mixed auction for Whyte's, as many of the 519 lots exceeded their estimated prices while other, more notable, lots failed to sell or were withdrawn at the last moment.

Lot 318, a James II "Gunmoney" large half crown coin dating back to 1690, which was in extremely good condition, reached €10,500, more than three times its estimate.

Also up for grabs at the auction was a cigar owned by former British prime minister Winston Churchill, which sold for €950.

However, a black leather vanity case belonging to the fiancee of slain Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician Michael Collins was withdrawn from the auction after the vendor changed their mind about selling it.

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