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Pick up a pair of Louboutins or a Cartier bracelet when criminal collectors' items go under the hammer

Paul Ainsworth
26 October, 2016 14:00

SIGNED albums and memorabilia are among ill-gotten goods being auctioned off on Thursday.

Items seized by police forces across Ireland and the UK are going under the hammer at Wilsons Auctions in Belfast, with the money raised from the sale of the criminal assets being returned to the public purse.

The hoard includes signed albums from rock icons Guns N’ Roses, and rare records bearing the sought-after signature of Elvis Presley.

Other music memorabilia includes pictures of The Beatles - with the autographs of the Fab Four making them prized items for collectors.

Famous signatures abound in the treasure trove of goods, as framed movie posters will be sold including those bearing the signed names of Quentin Tarantino, Al Pacino, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford.

Meanwhile, for fashion fans, the haul includes over 12 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, designer dresses by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Rolex watches and Cartier bracelets.

Aidan Larkin, who oversees the asset recovery bidding process at Wilsons Auctions’ Group said more than £80 million has been returned to government coffers as a result of its auctions.

"Items include government-repossessed assets, proceeds of crime-related assets as well as corporate liquidation stock, which are all sold to the highest bidder, with no reserve.”

All lots can be accessed online through the Wilsons Auctions website and registration is open until midday on the day of the auction.

26 October, 2016 14:00 Northern Ireland news

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