Search

25/10/2021

Michael Collins’ swab of cotton withdrawn from auction

A swab of lint and cotton wool, used to clean Michael Collins’ face after his death in 1922, has been withdrawn from auction.

A swab of lint and cotton wool, used to clean Michael Collins’ face after his death in 1922, has been withdrawn from auction.

The swab was due to be sold at an auction in Dublin by Castlecomer auctioneers Mealy’s Rare Books. This afternoon, however, the auctioneers confirmed that the item had been withdrawn from sale, by decision of the vendor.

The decision follows that of another vendor last week to withdraw a lock of Collins’ hair from auction.The decision to withdraw that item came after former MEP Mary Banotti, who is Collins’ grand-niece, said the sale showed ‘disrespect and insensitivity’ to Collins’ family.

Following this, a spokesman for Mealy’s said that despite the controversy, the item would remain for sale, as its owner wished to preserve its future. Ms Banotti had said that decision to continue with the sale was ‘particularly upsetting and distasteful’.

After its withdrawal from sale, the cotton swab will remain in the possession of the original vendor.

To continue reading this archived article for FREE,
please just kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.