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Photos: Over 5,000 items from former Central Bank going on auction in huge sale

The objects on offer range from a barista bar to large desks, chairs, plants, printers and even water coolers.

THOUSANDS OF PIECES of furniture from the former Central Bank buildings in Dame Street are to go under the hammer in one of the biggest sales in the history of the State.

It took 25 articulated lorries to clear over 5,000 objects from the recently-vacated four-building complex.

The objects on offer range from a barista bar to large desks, chairs, plants, printers and even water coolers.

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Antiques and modern-day furniture expert Niall Mullen bought the entire contents of the building after a tender process.

Mullen said, “All of the boardroom furniture, desks, chairs and ancillary items were left on site along with all the catering and restaurant furniture.

“The Bank went through all the procedures in order to maximise the return to the State of the contents, but there was no-one willing to take the good, the bad and the ugly in one lot. I was asked to tender for the contents of the Central Bank lock, stock and barrel. I did and my tender was accepted.

After working solidly for 24 days to extract the contents, I am confident that this will be one of the most interesting modern-day sales that Ireland has seen.

“It has been the biggest logistical challenge of my life. We extracted around 5,000 items over the last four weeks, filling 20 40-foot containers.

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Mullen said, “There is also spectacular boardroom furniture from the 7th floor, made by top Irish furniture designers Klimmek, side tables, marble-topped sideboards and high-end executive chairs.

The auction will contain many of the original desks and tables from Sam Stephenson’s time, including many original pieces designed by the architect.

“We also have all the other furniture from throughout the building with desks and side tables in cherry, oak and maple as well as office chairs, computer monitors and keyboards, a fantastic array of potted plants and restaurant and kitchen contents.”

The auction will then take place in The Heritage Resort, Portarlington on Tuesday 30 May at 10am.

Viewing for the auction, held by Sean Eacrett Auctions, will take place from Friday to Monday.

Mullen added, “The Heritage is the only place that we could get that is big enough and near enough to Dublin to hold this auction, which will feature no reserves and will be a great occasion for public and trade alike.”

For more information see Niall Mullen Antiques.

Read: Former Dublin mayor ‘alarmed’ at decision to set aside plans to protect Central Bank building>

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