Copy of 1916 Proclamation sells for €360K

Wednesday 16 April 2008 12.12
Proclamation - Copy sold at auction
Proclamation - Copy sold at auction

A copy of the 1916 Proclamation signed by one of those present in the GPO during Easter Week has been sold at auction in Dublin for €360,000.

The Proclamation, which is in good original condition and is signed by Irish rebel leader and bodyguard to Tom Clarke, Sean McGarry, was purchased by a private Irish collector over the telephone.

It is expected to remain in the country.

Buyers have spent around €2m in total on over 650 items that date mainly from the early part of the last century.

Other top selling lots include a rare handwritten and signed letter from Michael Collins to his republican colleague Austin Stack, proposing a Belfast prison break, which sold for €70,000, double its pre-sale estimate.

Sean MacDiarmada's 1916 combatant medal, posthumously awarded made €110,000 and a painting of Queen Maeve by Maud Gonne that she painted for WB Yeats, sold for €30,000.

Bidders and onlookers packed into Adam's auction house in St Stephen's Green for the extensive sale of Irish historical and political artifacts.