Signed Good Friday Agreement proposal up 80% at Dublin auction


2015-06-26 13:08:43


Signed Good Friday Agreement proposal up 80% at Dublin auction

A signed copy of the Good Friday Agreement proposal has autographs from Blair, Hume and Adams

A signed copy of the original Good Friday Agreement proposal has performed well at a Dublin auction, which was held on January 26.

Good Friday Agreement signed proposal auctionThe details of the agreement are still being implemented with various levels of success

The copy, which was signed by major political figuresincluding Tony Blair, John Hume, Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness, Mo Mowlam and Bertie Ahern, sold for $12,106 - an 80% increase on its $6,726 high estimate. It is believed to be the only known signed copy of the proposaland once belonged to a 16-year-old member of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition.

The Good Friday Agreement was a major breakthrough in relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic, as well as between both parts of Ireland and England, Scotland and Wales. Signed in 1998, it came at the end of a lengthy and exhaustingprocess that aimed to put an end to "The Troubles", a complex series of conflictswhich had raged in Northern Ireland since the late 1960s.

The details of the agreement are still being implemented, a similarly gruelling task.

The proposal was sold along with a cover sheet memorandumthatwas issued by the Office of the Independent Chairman and titled "final agreement". Dated April 10, 1998, it reads in part: "This is, in all likelihood, our last memorandum to you. We take this occasion to thank each of you for your courtesy. It has been a pleasure to work with you."

As proved by this auction, collecting historical documents can be an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, as well as a strong investment. Paul Fraser Collectibles has a number of important manuscripts for sale, which would provide the perfectcentrepiece to any collection.

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