An original copy of the Proclamation of Independence has been withdrawn from auction after it was sold to a private buyer for €100,000.
The historic document was due to go under the hammer at Whyte’s Auction House in Dublin but instead the buyer and seller agreed a last minute private sale.
The Proclamation was read out by Padraig Pearse on the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin in 1916, as the small group of Irish rebels fought against the British forces.
The Easter Rising is undoubtedly one of the most significant events in Irish history, with further conflicts following before the country finally achieved independence.
The Proclamation was the physical contract that represented the political wishes of the Irish rebels.
There were 500 original copies but most have been damaged, lost and destroyed over time.
This original copy had been restored and conserved to museum standard in 2005.
Whyte’s Auction had described the it as “an historic relic of immense importance” and estimated a sale price of between €90,000 and €120,000.
In 2016, the centenary year of the Easter Rising, another original copy sold for €185,000 at auction.
However, this time the sale of the Proclamation was not opened up to the public with the deal being completed outside the auction house.
The buyer has remained anonymous but is believed to be from Ireland.
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