Treasured artworks of late tycoon expected to fetch £3m at auction
A Sotheby's technician adjusts a candelabra, part of the Ballyedmond Collection at Sotheby's. Top right: adjusting a portrait of Mrs Richard Pennant, by Sir Joshua Reynolds; Lord Ballyedmond; a member of Sotheby's staff admires Professore Rossi's white marble sculpture, Ruth, estimated at £30,000-£50,000 Michael Bowles/Getty
Artistic treasures from the antiques collection of the late Northern Ireland business tycoon Lord Ballyedmond, Dr Edward Haughey, go under the hammer at Sotheby's next week.
The auction of exquisite works including furniture and paintings from his Belgravia home is expected to fetch more than £3m.
Lord Ballyedmond, who was Northern Ireland's richest man, died in 2014 when his helicopter crashed on take-off in fog at his residence near Lowestoft in Norfolk.
The late peer's family are convinced the founder of Newry-based Norbrook Laboratories wouldn't want his treasured items to end up in display cabinets.
They hope the eventual buyers will use and appreciate them.
The auction takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday.