Killochan contents fetch well over quarter of a million

THE CONTENTS of the nearly 700-year-old Killochan Castle sold for £364,000 this month when they went up for auction in Edinburgh.

Items from the Carrick castle, which has sat on the banks of the River Girvan since around 1324, were sold off by Bonhams auctioneers on November 7 after their current royal owner decided to sell up.

The castle itself, which had already been sold after being put on the market at offers over £2.25 million, was bought by German princess Viola von Hohenzollern in 1997.

The contents of this month’s sale included a wide variety of pictures, furniture and works of art - including a set of 12 silver-mounted beakers made for Edward Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.

A wealthy industrialist whose family has steel interests in 16 countries across Europe, Princess Viola herself a relative of Kaiser Wilhelm II by marriage.

The sale’s top lot - a Victorian sporting picture by Richard Ansdell - made £55,250.

But the castle’s royal regalia sold for the lower end of expert estimates, with the whole lot expected to fetch somewhere between £350,000 and £500,000 and the Ansdell painting predicted to go for £60,000-£80,000.

Speaking before the sale, Princess von Hohenzollern said it was with reluctance that she has decided to leave Killochan.

“I have long had a love of Scotland and have visited the country since the 1980’s,” she said. She added that she was often struck by a sense of wonder at the tangible history and idyllic setting of her Carrick home of 15 years.