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Eclectic auction reunites Collins and de Valera alongside Hendrix and Dracula

Documents with the signatures of both Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera are extremely rare

MICHAEL Collins and Eamon de Valera, Jimi Hendrix, Dracula and belly dancer Yasmina Bouhebbal all feature in an eclectic array of collectibles due to go under the hammer.

The latest in a popular series of auctions hosted by Whyte's in Dublin offers lots stretching from the Bronze Age to a 1991 belly dance for Bono.

Highlights include a page from the menu of a dinner attended by Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera and signed by both men before they became the bitterest of enemies following the signing of the 1921 Anglo Irish Treaty.

Printed on the menu are three toasts beginning with, ironically, `Ireland One and Indivisible'.

Documents with the signatures of both Collins and de Valera are extremely rare and this example is estimated to sell for between €800-1,200.

There is also a programme of the first Dáil in January 1919.

The final page records that Micheal Ó Coileáin [Collins] and Enri Ó Beólaín [Boland] were not present. In fact they had travelled to England to make arrangements for De Valera's escape from Lincoln Jail.

It is expected to fetch €200-300.

The oldest object in the auction is a bronze dagger dating to the second millennium BC.

It was found in Co Antrim and was formerly in the collection of British amateur archaeologist Chris Rudd and is likely to sell for between €1,500-2,000.

Also up for auction (estimate €10,000-15,000) is Kathleen Clarke's 1916 Rising medal for her role at her Richmond Avenue home, distributing communications from units outside Dublin and organising care and maintenance for dependants of those who fought.

One of the most expensive lots is a highly-collectible 1958 poster for the Hammer version of Dracula, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough.

Regard by many as the greatest cinema poster of all time, it is estimated to fetch €6,000-8,000.

A bass guitar which belonged to Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience will also go under the hammer for €3,000-5,000.

It came to Ireland after the English musician moved to Clonakilty following Hendrix's death in 1970.

In 1981, he sold his Fender Jazz bass guitar to a local musician and it is accompanied with a receipt for a deposit of £200 signed by Redding.

One of the more intriguing lots relates to Yasmina Bouhebbal's 1991 impromptu belly dance performance at Dublin airport for Bono's birthday.

A last minute phone call saw her dance for U2 in the VIP departure lounge as they prepared to fly to Morocco to shoot a video for Mysterious Ways.

She went on to dance on stage with the band on their Zoo-TV tour, with that outfit expected to fetch €300-500.

Viewing at Whyte's on Molesworth Street in Dublin is from January 31 to February 2, 10am to 5pm daily. The auction starts at 11am on Saturday February 3 at Freemason's Hall, Molesworth Street.

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