18 Apr 2012

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Around 50 copies of the original Proclamation are believed to have survived

An original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic has sold at auction in Dublin this evening for €124,000.

The document, of which its thought around 50 copies survived, had been expected to achieve between €60,000 and €80,000 at the political, literary and military history auction and James Adam & Sons Auctioneers.

It was bought by a private buyer and is expected to remain in the country.

Another series of lots, consisting of a series of documents dating from the 13th century relating to the Wyse family in Waterford, was bought prior to the auction on behalf of a new medieval museum due to open in the city later this year.

The sale price has not been disclosed, but the guide price was €100,000 to €150,000.

Because of their age and rarity, the documents were considered to be particularly unusual and important.