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Pádraig Pearse's letter of surrender withdrawn from auction

Pádraig Pearse, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising

A LETTER of surrender written by Pádraig Pearse has been withdrawn from auction after bidding stalled at €770,000.

The letter is now expected to be sent abroad after the Republic's government did not bid for it.

The historic document, written by one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, was put up for sale at Adam's auctioneers in Dublin.

It was expected to fetch up to €1.5m - the highest estimate ever assigned to a historical item offered at auction in the Republic.

Pearse wrote the letter in his cell at Arbour Hill prison three days before his execution on May 3 1916. A group of rebels in the Four Courts surrendered after receiving the letter.

It was being sold by a private client who bought it from Adam's for €700,000 11 years ago.

The actual surrender letter 


Stuart Cole, a director at Adam's, said: "On this occasion, the reserve was not met".

"The owner, based overseas, has requested that Adam’s apply for an export licence tomorrow (Thursday) to formally notify the Government that the document will be leaving Ireland and for the process to be expedited," he said.

"The owner was saddened that the Government refused to bid for the document but now feels relieved of his obligations to keep the document in Ireland."

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