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Auction to sell estate of Lawrence E. Walsh, Iran-Contra prosecutor, in Oklahoma

by Richard Mize Published: July 31, 2014
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Objets d’art, history, international intrigue — and 33 years of upscale Oklahoma living — will leave 1902 Bedford Drive one lot at a time Friday and Saturday during an unusual estate sale.

Lawrence Walsh, a former federal judge and New York corporate attorney best known for his seven-year appointment as special prosecutor in the Reagan-era Iran-Contra scandal — a duty he accepted in retirement — died in March at 102. His wife, Mary Porter Walsh, an Oklahoma native, died in 2012.

The estate sale, at their home since 1981, is attracting international attention, said Matt McNeil of McNeil Liquidations, which is handling the sale.

The disposition of estates belonging to the rich and famous is not unusual in Nichols Hills. State and regional business and political leaders — and some national figures — have called the upscale municipality hemmed in by Oklahoma City home.

“It’s unusual to be conducting an estate sale for an internationally known person,” McNeil said.

Walsh’s work on Iran-Contra from 1986 to 1992 put him firmly on the global stage, at least from the Americas to the Middle East, although his first appearance was in 1969 as deputy to chief negotiator Henry Cabot Lodge during the Paris peace talks with North Vietnamese communists to end the Vietnam War.

Items to be sold at the sale include Walsh’s voluminous personal library, which includes vintage works that themselves are historic artifacts, as well as works contemporary to his times and copies of his own books, including “Iran-Contra: The Final Report.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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