A special UK and Ireland themed auction will feature a 1930 Rolls-Royce, which belonged to a British Deputy Prime Minister; the altar flag from Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit; and the iconic pony carriage from television comedy drama series, The Irish RM. The sale by Victor Mee Auctions will take place at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Ireland, from October 29 to 30.The vintage 1930 3.7-litre Rolls-Royce Continental Sports Saloon was the property of leading UK Conservative Rab Butler, who served as Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister from 1962-63, Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Minister.It was originally built for Elizabeth Courtald, heir to the industrial textile empire, before passing through her family in 1946 into the ownership of Butler, known as the father of the British educational system. The Rolls Royce was bought by an Irish owner for £25,000 in the mid-nineties and is expected to reach up between €50,000-€70,000 at the auction.The auction also features several other classic cars, including a working 1940s Model T Ford, a vintage Mercedes and a luxury Panther car from the 1980s.Among the standout features of the 2,000-piece auction are:
- a 40ft long vertical backdrop from the Papal mass in the Phoenix Park, Dublin in 1979.
- a collection of rock memorabilia, including a U2 jacket from the band’s Joshua Tree tour, along with posters and ticket collections.
- a jacket signed by motor racing legend Michael Schumacher from the 1999 Barcelona Grand Prix.