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Art and antiques owned by Lord Ballyedmond fetch £4.3m at auction

Fine art and antiques owned by the late Co Down multi-millionaire Lord Ballyedmond were sold at auction

FINE art and antiques owned by the late Co Down multi-millionaire Lord Ballyedmond have been sold at auction for £4.3 million.

The contents of his lavish six-storey townhouse in London went under the hammer at Sotheby's earlier this week.

The sale comprised of around 500 objects spanning more than 400 years.

Lord Ballyedmond, also known as Dr Edward Haughey, was killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk in March 2014.

The 70-year-old, who founded Norbrook Laboratories and also lived at Ballyedmond Castle in Co Down, had an estimated wealth in excess of £800m.

His widow, Lady Mary, decided to sell the contents of the Georgian mansion at Belgrave Square.

The property was redesigned by Lord Ballyedmond and transformed into an extravagant residence in which he wined and dined heads of state and negotiated business deals.

It will be sold separately.

Many of the lots auctioned as part of the 'Ballyedmond Collection' this week were inspired by the French salons of the 18th century European enlightenment period.

The sold tags ranged from £125 to £100,000, with a total of £4.3 million raised.

A Victorian cut glass 36-light chandelier, which was estimated to sell for £20-30,000, fetched £43,750 while a Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze and Sévres-style porcelain mantel clock dating back to 1880 also made £25,000.

Of significant interest was a pair of George IV monumental gilt-lacquered-brass vase ornaments, which had an estimate of £40-60,000 but eventually sold for £100,000.

Sotheby's in London described the Ballyedmond Collection as "typically extraordinary".

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