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Irish national anthem draft sold
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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.

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