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Luxury cars, watches and guitars among seized criminal loot for Belfast auction

By Claire McNeilly

Fancy a bit of bling that doesn't cost the earth this Christmas?

Whether you're after some designer jewellery, a luxury handbag, a racy Rolex, or even a Porsche, you could easily snaffle a festive bargain with your hard-earned cash tomorrow.

That's because 100 Lots of high-value items will be going under the hammer at knock-down prices at Wilsons Auctions in Belfast from 5.30pm for bidders - both in person and online.

The Unreserved Government Auction will feature a selection of eight high-end Porsche, Mercedez-Benz, BMW and Audi cars and Yamaha motorcycles, as well as over 20 designer watches.

Additional goods include a range of designer handbags and purses from Yves Saint Laurent, Celine, Givenchy and Chanel and there are also a couple of large Smart TVs up for grabs.

The Belfast Land and Property Auction will take place directly afterwards, with more than 40 Lots, ranging from residential and commercial properties in the UK and across Europe.

Wilsons Auctions' Group Asset Recovery Manager Aidan Larkin said November's Unreserved Government Auction is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a good deal.

"It offers a fantastic opportunity for customers to bid on the perfect gift and with no reserve it is a great opportunity to purchase high-quality goods for an affordable price," he said.

"In recent years, Wilsons Auctions has been responsible for returning in excess of £85m back into the public purse.

"Items 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."

Wilsons Auctions is supporting Northern Ireland Hospice by auctioning a fantastic collection of 19 Fender Stratocaster on its behalf during its Unreserved Government Auction.

Donated to the charity by a private donor, a number of the guitars have been signed by famous rock stars including the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Guns 'n' Roses axeman Slash, Cream's Jack Bruce and Def Leppard's Belfast-born guitarist Vivian Campbell.

One guitar, a 2002 US Custom Shop-made seafoam green Strat, boasts signatures from Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke, and fellow Bad Company member Mick Ralphs.

Among the most desirable in the collection is a 1977 American-made maple-wood Strat which also carries Jamie Moses' autograph, the respected session guitarist best-known for his work with Queen, Amy Winehouse, Bob Geldof and Mike And The Mechanics.

Full proceeds from the guitar sales will go back to the charity for vital funds to Northern Ireland Hospice's care services.

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