Bill McInerney, of Ballina, takes a seat on his new $1,050 chair in front of the $4,200 piano he bought for his daughter.
Bill McInerney, of Ballina, takes a seat on his new $1,050 chair in front of the $4,200 piano he bought for his daughter.

Big bids at convent's auction

By NERIDA BLOK

LAST Christmas, Bill McInerney promised his nine-year-old daughter a piano.

So when Lot 19 came up during St Mary's Presentation Sisters' auction of antiques, furniture and collectable memorabilia on Saturday, the Ballina father was keen to deliver on his word.

Despite strong competition from more than 800 registered bidders packed into Trinity College Hall, the hammer finally fell at $4250 for the baby grand piano.

"I told my daughter Camille I'd buy her a piano ages ago," he said.

"So it's a bit late, but she gets it and she gets a nice one too."

Bill also purchased the American revolving piano stool for $1050, completing the package.

Tregeagle's Mike Evans was happy to pay $2600 for a bible.

Despite not being very religious, the avid anvil collector said the 1875 leather-bound book was 'just magnificent'.

"I doubt there would be a better bible in Australia," he said.

"It has the approval from the various religious leaders and it's got all the bishops in the front.

"I blew my budget on it ? if it had of gone for $1000, I might have bought some candelabras and candle sticks as well."

Gloria Mortimer, of Lismore, attended the auction on more of a nostalgic note.

A former teacher at St Mary's for 30 years, Mrs Mortimer said she was a little sad the eight remaining Presentation convent sisters were selling up and moving on.

But she said she was interested in the Latin encyclopaedias.

"For my son-in-law who is a lawyer. He reads everything and anything," she said.

Proceeds of the sale were estimated to have exceeded $100,000.



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