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Old Gaiety spotlights dazzle at auction and fetch €3,400

 

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Antiques dealer Niall Mullen with one of the Gaiety spotlights. Photo: PA

Antiques dealer Niall Mullen with one of the Gaiety spotlights. Photo: PA

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Antiques dealer Niall Mullen with one of the Gaiety spotlights. Photo: PA

A pair of early 20th century spotlights from Dublin's Gaiety Theatre have sold for €3,400.

An online buyer won the bidding war for the lamps at the Niall Mullen Signature Auction in Kells, Co Meath.

Predicted to fetch €800 to €1,200, the lamps were snapped up for nearly three times the higher guide price.

Outbid

"They're from the most important theatre in Dublin and that is what made them sought- after," said Niall Mullen, who coordinated the sale with Victor Mee Auctions.

"They are pieces of Dublin history. Hopefully, they will be staying in the country."

The buyer outbid a group led by the owner of the Dublin-based Stage Lighting Centre and theatre enthusiast Tomas Fitzgerald.

"Congratulations to who- ever has them," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"We hope they do the lamps proud.

"One of our plans was to see if the Gaiety would take one of them back, restore it and display it in the lobby."

The part-brass Edwardian lamps were discovered stored away in a corner of the theatre's rafters.

They were first bought for around £130 each in the early 1900s and were later replaced and kept in storage at the 149-year-old venue.

The two-day auction, which included the facade of Dublin's Berkeley Court Hotel, was Ireland's biggest interiors sale of the year.


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