Contents of Girraween auction to attract bidders

If you’re a fan of antiques, Harrington Park is the place to be this weekend.

More than 700 rare and eclectic items will be sold from the historic cottage house known as Girraween in a contents auction on Sunday at 11.30am.

Bernie and Barbara Byrne spent 60 years in the house, hosting charity events, auctions and the famed Girraween Tearooms.

The Byrnes have sold their house to move elsewhere now they’re in their 90s and Aalders Auctions will sell the items they’ve accumulated over the years.

Auctioneer Julian Aalders expects hundreds of people to attend the auction, with people also bidding from interstate and overseas.

“There will be a lot of interest for some of the Chinese items, including a beautiful ivory statuette from the Qing Dynasty,” he said.

“It’s from about 1911 and could go for anything between $3000 and $5000 – or maybe even more.

“There’s also some Australiana like old photos, some vintage clothes and even a giraffe skull for sale.”

Mr Aalders expects a whalebone walking stick will be one of the top items, while vintage furniture and bookcases are also expected to fetch a pretty price.

Fans of classic pottery will be impressed by a selection of pieces from the ever-popular Moorcroft company.

Mr Aalders said the auction will attract all sorts of people.

“There will be serious collectors, overseas bidders and you’re average shopper looking for a bargain,” he said.

“There are some lovely clocks and mirrors that would make great centrepieces in a new house.

“There’s something for everyone here.”

Aalders Auctions hopes plenty of Macarthur residents will come out for the viewing and auction this weekend to check out the extensive collection.

Viewing will begin on Thursday from 10am at 42 Sharman Close. Details: 9519 0914, 0422 217 590


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