Belfast Telegraph

Crime haul under the hammer - from signed Elvis Presley memorabilia to Rolex watches

By Sophie Inge

A treasure trove of Christian Louboutin shoes, Rolex watches and signed Elvis memorabilia... who knew that the police collected this kind of stuff?

These are just some of the luxury items provided by police forces across the UK and Ireland that are to be sold off at Wilsons Auctions in Belfast tomorrow.

As you may have guessed, it's not exactly a routine auction. Often bought with ill-gotten gains, the items have a criminal past - which is why they were seized in the first place.

Once sold, the money will go straight back into the public purse.

Potential bidders will be happy to know that this is an unreserved auction - meaning that the usual eye-watering price tags need not apply.

This latest haul includes more than 100 luxury fashion items.

Among them are more than a dozen pairs of Christian Louboutin heels - which can sell for upwards of £500 when new - as well as dresses by Victoria Beckham and Lanvin.

Jewellery includes a dazzling white gold diamond necklace worth £7,750, Cartier bracelets worth over £5,000, and a diamond platinum ring worth a staggering £30,000 new.

There's also plenty on offer for male aspiring fashionistas - including a selection of Rolex watches worth between £6,600 and £25,000 new, a Tag Heuer stainless steel watch worth £3,050, and Gucci silver cuff-links worth £175.

For music fans, there's a framed Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion album signed by all members of the band, a picture signed by three of The Beatles, plus Elvis Presley records signed by the King of Rock himself.

Not interested? Maybe you'd prefer a framed Reservoir Dogs poster, signed by director Quentin Tarantino, a Tony Montana picture signed by Al Pacino, or a framed poster of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid signed by its stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Or perhaps a Wesley Snipes stunt sword from the film Blade 2.

Wilsons Auctions' Group Asset Recovery Manager, Aidan Larkin, said: "Each month at our Belfast branch we host the only Unreserved Government Auction in the country.

"Accessible via our online LiveBid facility, the next auction will appeal to both fashion-conscious men and women as well as music and film lovers - and it's a great opportunity to purchase high-quality goods for an affordable price.

"Wilsons Auctions are proud to facilitate government auctions each month. The money raised goes straight back into the public purse.

"To date, we have been responsible for returning in excess of £80m to government coffers. 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," he added.

Bidders must register by midday tomorrow at, with viewing starting today at 1pm and ending tomorrow at 6pm, when the auction starts.

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