1916 Irish Republic Proclamation sells for $206,000

A 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic broadside has sold for $205,951 at Whyte's in Dublin.

It proved the star lot of a sale of artefacts from across Ireland's history on March 13.

Irish republic proclaim
The poster is one of around 50 surviving copies

The lot is one of around 50 surviving copies of the poster printed for the 1916 Easter Rising, which saw Irish republicans declare independence from the UK.

The proclamation was read from the steps of Dublin's General Post Office on April 24. The uprising was crushed five days after it began, but was a key moment in the struggle for self-determination.

The Irish Free State was established five years later in 1921.

Most of the 1,000 or so posters printed were destroyed in the British shelling of the city.

Another specimen sold for ?�305,000 ($437,128) at Sotheby's London last year.

Elsewhere in the sale, a bottle of 100 year old Irish whiskey realised $16,695.

It's the oldest Irish whiskey ever offered at auction, having been matured in the cask for 53 years until it was bottled by P&F McGlade of Belfast. Only four bottles are known to exist today.

It's accompanied by a 1966 dated letter from spirit merchants Lyle & Kinahan ordering the bottling.

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