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Parliamentary history up for grabs
Peter McLernon with chandeliers from Parliament House to be auctioned. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

They have hung in Parliament House for more than half a century and soon they could adorn dining rooms across Perth.

Sixty Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers which once hung in the eastern extension of Parliament House will go under the hammer on Tuesday.

Peter McLernon, of McLernons Auctions in Welshpool, is expecting the lots to attract a diverse crowd.

"We'll get a cross-section of people, from small dealers who go to weekend swap meets through to furniture dealers and members of the public," he said.

The chandeliers have been replaced with newer models and more energy-efficient LED light fittings.

Mr McLernon could not estimate how much the items would fetch, saying their value was in the eye of the beholder.

"It's difficult to put a price on them," he said. "It will depend on the level of interest. People will put their own value on them."

While some sellers had noticed a downturn in auction prices, Mr McLernon believed items with a history, such as the chandeliers, were always of interest.

"With this kind of stuff, because it's unique, unusual and different, it's going to sell reasonably well at any time," he said.

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