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Your chance to buy a piece of history

Collectors and former inmates will be able to pick up a piece of history at a rather special auction next month.

The Department of Home Affairs has announced it’s to sell off the entire contents of Victoria Road prison – from the security cameras to the cell doors.

Chrystals Auctions will handle the sell-off and has organised a viewing for would-be buyers on March 11, followed by the sale at the former prison the next day at 10am.

Quirky lots include cell doors, as well as board beds from the old isolation cells.

Souvenir hunters can bid for unique items from information signs for prisoners to equipment such as security cameras, filing cabinets, curtains and blinds.

Also on the sale list are prisoners’ works of art - including a set of five terracotta skulls and a matchstick model of Big Ben.

The department says the prison greenhouse will be up for grabs, as well as two fully fitted Portakabins which used to serve as the education centre.

But it’s lot numbers 182 and 193 which are expected to generate most interest - the doors to cells 4 and 5 – also both known as the Condemned Man’s Cell.

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