[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 21:54 GMT 22:54 UK
Irish national anthem draft sold
diary pages
The first written draft of the Irish national anthem
The original first draft of the Irish national anthem has been sold for 760,000 euro.

The document was sold at an auction of artefacts commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.

Bidding for the draft, penned by Peader Kearney in 1907, began at 500,000 euro and was eventually sold to an anonymous bidder.

The auctioneers are unable to disclose the identity of the buyer but they believe it will stay in the country.

During the auction, the largest ever sale of Irish historical and political artefacts, more than 450 lots fetched a total of 2.8million euro.

A 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, one of about 20 original versions still in existence, was sold for 200,000 euro.

Michael Collins's original signed Sinn Fein Membership card was sold for 60,000 euro.




SEE ALSO:
1916 collection goes under hammer
08 Apr 06 |  Northern Ireland
Row over Ireland's 'Alamo house'
18 Aug 05 |  Northern Ireland
Easter Rising document auctioned
30 Nov 04 |  Northern Ireland
Examining Irish leader's youthful past
22 Jul 04 |  Northern Ireland
Irish history goes to highest bidder
10 Jun 00 |  Northern Ireland


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific