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14th March 2014

Dr Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond, 1944-2014

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Dr Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond in a helicopter crash yesterday near his home in Norfolk. Dr Haughey was a regular LASSCO customer  – a rubicund and congenial latter-day Hearst he would fall upon our most grandiloquent stock in the manner that might be expected of the shrewd and accomplished businessman that he was – a sideways glance and a slightly dismissive sniff – a “What’s your best on that?” and move on.

Lord Ballyedmond
Lord Ballyedmond

Notwithstanding the massive purchases he made for the many glorious decorative schemes that he had in “his mind’s eye” he was always a delight to deal with – courteous, cheerful and generous to a fault.

Surely his most significant purchase must have been the balustrades of Westminster Bridge – the Wordsworthian link to the River Eden that flows beneath his Corby Castle in Cumbria might just have been in “his mind’s eye” – very sadly we have lost a Salvage Medici.

Our profound commiserations are extended to his bereaved family.