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Belfast seized assets auction sees yachts, racehorses and bling go under the hammer

By Sophie Inge

Fancy an Italian super-yacht for a spot of winter sailing, or your own thoroughbred to bet on at the races?

You may well think these are unattainable dreams. But both the boat and two racehorses could soon be going to a lucky owner for well below their market price.

Next week Belfast-based Wilsons Auctions will be flogging a veritable treasure trove of luxury items at an unreserved Government auction - meaning the normally eye-watering price tags don't apply.

Many of the items on offer - both living and inanimate - have often been bought with ill-gotten gains, have a criminal past, or have been seized by police forces across the UK.

All money made at auction goes straight back into the public purse.

The 85ft super-yacht - The Caviar - has three two-berth cabins, a four-berth crew cabin, a galley and saloon.

It is currently moored in Southampton.

Up for grabs, too, is a 30ft yacht called Why Not.

Two racehorses - Monberg Legend and Malton Rose - will also go under the hammer.

And auction-goers will have the chance to bid for a large selection of Rolex, Chopard and Cartier watches.

Other items include ladies' Christian Louboutin shoes, men's designer shoes, designer handbags, gold coins, jewellery, sports memorabilia and Mercedes and BMW cars.

The event is nothing new for Wilsons Auctions, which sells off goods for private and public sector law enforcement agencies across the UK and Ireland.

Wilsons Auctions group asset recovery manager Aidan Larkin said: "We are delighted to be hosting our first unreserved Government auction of 2017 in our Belfast branch.

"What a great way to kick off the year by offering our customers the chance to own an 85ft super-yacht.

"This auction has a fantastic variety of items - from horses and yachts to designer goods - and really highlights our expert ability to auction anything."

He explained: "To date, we have been responsible for returning in excess of £80 million to Government coffers.

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

Viewing starts on January 24 at 1pm and finishes on January 26 at 5pm.

  • For further information on the auction, or to register by midday on Thursday, January 26, go to www.wilsonsauctions.com

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