Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

11.53 7 Nov 2020


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Michael Flatley fans can buy a souvenir from his house when the contents of his Cork home go up for auction this month.

The items from Castlehyde House in Fermoy will go up for sale on November 26th.

Laois auctioneers Sheppard's is being tasked with selling the 700 items from the house which was bought for €3m by the Lord of the Dance in 2001.

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Philip Sheppard, from the auction house in Durrow, said there has been huge interest from people around the world in the online sale.

He told The Hard Shoulder there are a variety of pieces up for grabs.

He said: "We're talking about a whole spectrum of things.

"We've got Rolls Royce luggage, we've got an Aston Martin bag, we've got neoclassical Roman busts, we've got a full-sized billiard table, Flintlock rifles, medieval-style suits of armour, we even have a cover for a Ferrari car.

"There's anything and everything here, we've got over 700 lots so something for everybody.

"We've got a Hannibal Lecter mask which is estimated to get €80,000 to €120,000.

Mr Sheppard said this is the "actual mask" that Anthony Hopkins wore on his face in The Silence of the Lambs, and is signed by the actor and his co-star Julianne Moore.

Mr Sheppard said Michael Flatley was holding the auction because there's "a whole new decorative scheme devised for the property".

He added: "This is a whole sort of revision of what's there and this is surplus to use and requirement at the moment.

"There's a whole new chapter being turned there."

A suit of armour from the house will cost €2,000 to €3,000, while the Ferrari car cover can get up to €1,200.

Mr Sheppard said: "Michael Flatley is a global brand, he has fans worldwide and I'm sure there are lots of people in lots of places who would like to own something that was his, a souvenir.

"But not just a piece of memorabilia but a piece that was part of his home for 20 years."

The auction will be held live but online and the catalogue will be live next week.

Mr Sheppard added: "We expect to have participants from more than 40 countries worldwide, already it has generated huge interest.

"He's hugely popular and the pieces in it are really good, it's a real opportunity to get a piece of history."

Main image: Michael Flatley pictured in 2010. Photo. Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

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