Contents of bondage dungeon including gimp masks and nipple clamps up for sale in online auction

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Australia’s best-known bondage dungeon has closed its doors and everything must go: from whips and nipple clamps to gimp masks and surgical instruments.

The contents of Temple 22 at Darlinghurst in Sydney’s inner-city is being sold online by Lawsons auctioneers and even the catalogue comes with a warning. 

‘Due to the explicit nature of some of the lots viewing is for over 18 years of age only,’ Lawsons states on its website. 

Many of the items for sale are literally eye-watering, even if their prices may seem reasonable to sadomasochism aficionados.

The first page of the catalogue is fairly tame – the sorts of items one would expect to find in any large home, or brothel. 

Everything in the ‘fantasy house’ is up for sale including beds, coffee tables, timber chests, fire gates, hall runners, glassware and lamps. 

There are red velvet drapes, a zebra patern chaise lounge, cushions, mirrors and wing-back armchairs. 

Hints of the themed rooms in this palace to bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism (BDSM) begin to emerge, with hospital equipment such as a stainless steel surgical trolley on offer. 

A bookcase containing children’s titles is up for grabs, along with a chair and blackboard and timber school desk. There is a dunce’s cap and mortar board.

Going deeper into the 403-lot catalogue, the items get more exotic. Leather masks and ball gags are for sale with whips made of hair, suede, leather, PVC and rubber.

There are kangaroo hide stockwhips, a white leather straight jacket and a dog bowl with ‘MAN’ on the side.

For sale is a timber stock with a  price guide suggesting $150 to $250; bidding had already reached $200 on Tuesday afternoon.

Lot 21 is a ‘a medical table with padded top on steel legs and castors’ with an estimate of $100 to $200 and a current bid of $80.

Lot 48 is a ‘sleep suit’ made of pleather – plastic meant to look like leather – which has already reached the high end of the estimated price guide of $120.

Someone has offered $35 for a ‘quantity of ropes in jaunty colours’.

A small group of leather and studded hand paddles could be yours for as little as $40 while a s set of four burgundy leather wrist and ankle restraints with tooled decoration has attracted a $90 bid. 

Paddles come in heart, round, rectangular and hand shapes. Many of them are studded. 

Two rolls of black packing tape together with an assortment of clothes pegs have an estimate of $50 to $70.

A pair of leather ankle suspension boots has attracted a bid of $100 and someone is ready to fork out $130 for ‘adjustable wrist/ankle spreader bars.’

Lot 134 – ‘a set of twin pronged canes together with a fly swat, feathers and a feather duster’ could prove a bargain with a top current bid of just $10.

The auctioneers expect a  block and tackle chain suspension hoist to reach $200 to $300 and a pulley system with suspension bar and chain is expected to go for $100 to $200.

For customers who might want a souvenir of their bondage visits ‘a quantity of Temple 22 bathrobes, some missing belts’ can currently be had for $30.

And for the frequent flyer a ‘custom made travelling BDSM toolkit containing whip and paddles in soft leather case’ could be yours for $100, based on current bidding.

On the third page of the catalogue is ‘a set of four speculums, a proctoscope, a stainless steel medical container, surgical implement and kidney dish.’

Another lot is ‘a group of sani stainless steel lidded theatre dishes together with medical scissors, a stethoscope and a reflex implement.’

For the true BDSM enthusiast there are sets of sensory tools including talons, nipple clamps and ‘ball crushers’.

Temple 22, which closed in February, described itself as ‘Sydney’s number one BDSM Dungeon and Fantasy House.’

‘We feature the largest selection of Professional Mistresses, Submissives and Masters in the Southern Hemisphere,’ its website still states.

‘Temple 22 offers a sophisticated play-space, combined with modern and old school, traditional BDSM. Visit Temple 22 if you are seeking a unique, erotic and profound experience where you will leave with an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction that includes theatre, fantasy, kink and fun.

‘Our BDSM Professionals have been handpicked to ensure the quality realisation of your ultimate fantasy. 

‘Our facilities have been created to entertain your every fantasy and desire.

‘We have an assortment of fantasy rooms and Dungeons, each with their own specialised equipment including a fully accessible Dungeon complete with its own bathroom and car space available for those with disability.’

Lawsons – auctioneers and valuers since 1884 – is better known for handling the sale of antiques, furniture and fine art. 

It describes itself as the ‘leading auction house in Australia’, ‘offering more sales in more categories than any other.’

The Temple 22 website still features five-star reviews of its services including one from Alon T who states:

‘Great place to forget about daily stress and enter a wonderful fantasy world then leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Thank You Temple 22.’

An anonymous client review described discretion as the hallmark of the business.

‘All I can say is, if this kind of entertainment is your thing you will find nothing on earth of a higher standard,’ the client wrote.

‘In short: a First Class place and although not cheap, value for money.’

Sessions with a ‘BDSM professional’ started at $275 and varied in price depending on what was wanted and for how long. 

Dungeons and fantasy rooms could be hired for $220 an hour for a couple.

Bidding for the contents of Temple 22 closes at 7pm on Wednesday and the catalogue is available here. 

The sandstone building which housed Temple 22 is also up for sale with price expectations up to $5.5million. 

The three-level Victorian terrace has potential to be converted into a boutique hotel or luxurious home.

The building, which had nine bedrooms and two bathrooms when it was last sold for $3.25million in 2011, goes to auction on July 18.

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