Mystery surrounds vendor
behind 1916 Proclamation sale

Speculation is mounting this week as to the mystery Co Longford based family who are believed to be behind the sale of an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation.

Speculation is mounting this week as to the mystery Co Longford based family who are believed to be behind the sale of an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation.

The historic artefact fetched €100,000 following a four way bidding war at a Dublin based auction last Wednesday.

Described as being in excellent condition, the document is one of only 50 remaining copies associated with the 1916 Rising.

Kieran O’Boyle, an auctioneer James Adams and Sons, delined to release any further information when contacted by the Leader this week, stating it wasn’t the firm’s policy to disclose those kind of details.

“They (vendors) had strong republican connections, but it wouldn’t have been known in any way,” he said.

“We estimated that is might make €60-€80,000 so we were pleasantly surpised,” he continued. “ They (1916 artefacts) are rare documents so they do tend to attract a lot of public attention.”

The document was bought by a bidder who, like its former, wished to remain anonymous.

Despite attracting a €100,000 sum, the buyer will also have to pay €24,000 in buyer’s fees, bringing the total cost to €124,000.