A book given by WB Yeats to his "friend Maud Gonne" has sold at auction for a hammer price of €48,000, which gives a total price including commission of €57,600.

The copy of The Wanderings of Oisin had an estimated price of €10-15,000.

The dated inscription reads: 'To my friend Maud Gonne" and is signed by Yeats.

The book was part of a rare book and memorabilia sale being held by Fonsie Mealy auctioneers in Dublin today.

Earlier, a pair of glasses once owned by James Joyce sold for a hammer price of €17,000, giving a total price of €20,400.

They were given to Joyce’s friend, Thomas Pugh, who was a frequent visitor to his home in Paris.

The oldest book in the collection dates back to 1453, an eyewitness account of the fall of Constantinople, was withdrawn from auction having failed to reach the guide price.

First editions of the original James Bond novels were also on offer.

Among the other rarities under the hammer was the arrest report of Lee Harvey Oswald.

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