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Titanic sister ship Britannic's fittings sold at auction for more than £300k

The Britannic
The Britannic

Rediscovered panelling from two luxurious state rooms on Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic sold for a combined total of more than £310,000 on the first day of an historic two-day auction at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard.

After forming part of a Dublin city centre cinema until 1972, both the Belfast-manufactured panelling from the first-class lounge and the second-class library sold for around €183,000 each on Wednesday.

The second-class library maple panelling, accompanied by a magnificent mahogany bar with copper embellishment, was sold to an Irish collector while the first-class lounge in oak was sold in the room.

“There was competitive bidding from around the world for these pieces which are identical to the designs used on the Titanic and cannot be replicated, either for their historical value or their ornate craftsmanship,” said Niall Mullen.

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A section of the HMHS Britannic’s second-class library maple panelling, handsomely carved in a Colonial Adams-style design, which was sold for €183,000.

The Britannic’s stored luxurious furniture and fittings were auctioned in Belfast in 1919 and ornate carved wood panelling from both the first-class lounge and second-class library were used to adorn the La Scala Theatre and Opera House in Dublin, which later became the Capitol Cinema.

They remained in place until the building’s demolition in 1972, when it made way for what is now Penney’s, and the panelling was installed in a private individual’s residence near Dublin.

Manufactured by Harland & Wolff, the panelling was carved to a design by Arthur Henry Durand which matches the fittings installed in the Titanic and Olympic and features the ship number and panelling number on the reverse of each piece.

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A section of the HMHS Britannic’s second-class library maple panelling.

The Britannic panelling sales were the highlights of a day which also saw good prices achieved for iconic pieces from Dublin’s great hotels and nightspots.

The famous grand piano from the Burlington Hotel sold for just over €5,000 while the 10 foot leaded glass panel from the reception area of the Shelbourne Hotel made €1,200.

Online bidding available at victormeeauctions.ie.

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