The first 144 lots in Whyte’s Eclectic collector comprise approximately 5,000 picture postcards, mainly Irish, and the vast majority from a collection formed by Peter Holder, a Dublin-based film producer and director and a founder member of The Irish Film Guild. Peter started the collection for the purpose of illustrating period scenes in Ireland for film productions. Many were postally used, which was Peter’s preference for dating purposes. Most are from the period 1900 to 1920 but some good and scarce images from the 1930s to 1960s can also be found in the lots. Estimates range from €60 to €300 per lot, with the cards averaging €2 to €5 each. The contents of a small mahogany coin cabinet, about the size of a biscuit tin, initially valued at €5,000, proved to be worth in excess of €15,000 when examined by Whyte’s numismatic expert. The coins are predominantly from Ancient Rome,

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