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€4000 model car among 3,000 items sold off from Café En Seine auction

The bar was a hotspot during the Celtic Tiger.

The almost life-sized wooden E-Type Jaguar which sold for €4,000.
The almost life-sized wooden E-Type Jaguar which sold for €4,000.
Image: Michael Donnelly

A WOODEN REPLICA of the classic E-Type Jaguar used by Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their recent wedding sold for €4,000 as the contents of Café en Seine were auctioned off today.

The model car was one of just 3,000 items which was being sold at auction at the Heritage Hotel Killenard  in Laois.

The wooden jaguar is two-thirds life size and comes complete with the sculpted front grill, detailed wheels and a perfect interior including a working wooden steering wheel.

“Anything decorative or a bit quirky is attracting big money,” said Niall Mullen who last year held the auction 0f the disposal of the contents of the Central Bank.

“The car is true in every detail, it’s an amazing folly and a stunning copy of the real thing.”

A set of 1940s petrol pumps converted into a cocktail cabinet, which sold for €7,500, and a pair of 12 ft-high birds, bronze cranes that fetched €4,500, were among the items attracting buyers attention.

A full-grown stuffed grizzly bear made €2,000, an original Elvery’s enamel sign from the late 19th century fetched €1,000 while a painting by Belfast artist Brian Ballard sold for €5,500.

Mullen added: “Café en Seine’s bronzes have been making well above their guide price, while the petrol pumps are a very unusual sculptural piece, and won the Late Late Show’s antiques restoration competition this year.”

Café en Seine is now owned by the Mercantile Group who plan a refurbishment in excess of €3m in a more modernist art deco-style.

The auction, which finishes tomorrow will feature many of the large statues and bronzes from Café en Seine.

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