A final draft of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement has been sold at auction.

As part of the Eclectic Collectors auction held by Whyte's auctioneers in Dublin over the weekend the document sold for €28,000, four times more than its top guide price of €7,000.

Ian Whyte, director of the auction house said: "It's a rare example of this historic document.

"It's an official copy of the final draft, printed at Stormont on 10 April. It contained the autographs of forty-four participants including former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the late Deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, along with his colleague Gerry Adams," he said.

The document was also autographed by US Senator, George Mitchell who was central to brokering the Agreement.

The signatures were collected by a member of the Progressive Unionist Party delegation.

It is understood the valuable draft copy will be staying in Ireland.