The 'Classic Hoarder' sale


2015-06-26 11:36:26


The 'Classic Hoarder' sale

Old news is good news for seller in local auction

On July 25, 2009, a remarkable auction was carried out in Baileborough, Ireland with 400 lots, mostly from the estate of deceased Packie Joe McBreen, who was described as a 'classic hoarder'.

The range of items in the auction was fairly extraordinary.

The selection included: 2 scythes, a fudge-maker, a postman's bicycle, 3 sewing machines, lengths of rope, a selection of horse harnesses, "Bailieborough Co-Op" sign, 7 old road signs, some military items, an old A & B Payphone, partof Stamp Vending Machine, a 1941 Telephone Directory of southern Ireland, some old fire extinguishers and a bugle.

The most coveted lot however, was a set of Hibernian Telegraph or Morning Star dating from February 24, 1797 to February 16, 1798.

This was correctly predicted as the top seller and went for 1,700, though to the National Library rather than a private collector.

The other notable sale item was a large mirror advertising Corbett's whisky, which sold for 1,300. Classic advertising can be valuable, though Corbett's was never a world famous brand.

The papers gained their value not just because there are unlikely to be many other copies in existence, but due to the number of consecutive issues: a complete set of editions 619 to 801 inclusive.

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