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Flog it No silence at the auction as Michael Flatley flips Hannibal Lecter mask for €85,000


Mock up: How Michael Flatley might look wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask

Mock up: How Michael Flatley might look wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask

Mock up: How Michael Flatley might look wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask

Michael Flatley has sold his official Hannibal Lecter mask, as worn by Anthony Hopkins in the movie Hannibal, for a whopping €85,000. 

The mask was sold as part of an auction of contents to the champion dancer’s Castlehyde Mansion on the outskirts of Fermoy in Cork

Taking place online yesterday at Sheppard's in Co Laois, the auctioneers confirmed that there were bids from as far away as Singapore, Taiwan and the US west coast.

Auctioneer Phillip Sheppard said the mask was used in the filming of the 2001 sequel to Silence of the Lambs and was the biggest ticket item sold.

"It's the actual mask that Sir Anthony Hopkins wore on set for the movie Hannibal, and it's there, it's in a box frame, it's got the lighting strip on it, make it even more gruesome, it's got red LED lights on it,” he told Cork's Red FM.

“And it's signed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, and his co star, Julianne Moore."

Meanwhile the cheapest item up for sale was an Irish masonic sword with an asking price of €30-50, with the likes of bamboo umbrellas, walking sticks and a faux marble bust of Napoleon also going for around that price.

The 62-year-old, who spends most of his time based in London, also sold two medieval suits of armour as well as a number of paintings and rare books.

Castlehyde Estate was purchased by the dancer 21 years ago for €4 million and was where he married his wife Niamh.

The lavish property put up for sale back in 2015 with an asking price of €20 million.

However, the property was taken back off the market in 2017 and put back on again in 2018 for the lower price of €12.5 million.

The property includes seven reception rooms, 12 bedroom suites, a 3,000-sq ft main suite and an indoor recreation centre with a swimming pool.

There is also a nine-hole golf course and a bespoke garage where Flatley keeps his collection of vintage motors.

The superhoofer also built “Michael’s Bar” in one wing of the house and is a fully kitted out sheeben complete with draft Guinness and a selection of rare Irish whiskeys.

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