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Patrick Pearse letter ordering 1916 surrender fails to sell

The surrender letter hand-written by one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising has failed to sell at auction.

The instruction from Patrick Pearse to soldiers in the Four Courts in Dublin had a guide price of between €1m and €1.5m.

Auctioneers regarded it as one of the most historically significant artefacts from the rebellion years to have been offered publicly.

A spokesman for James Adam's auction house in Dublin confirmed the letter was withdrawn from sale at €770,000.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams had called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to get the Irish Government to buy it.

Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin, said the letter did not belong in an auction and that the sale debased Irish heritage on the 100th anniversary of the rebellion.

The seller has not been named and was described by the auctioneers as non-Irish and living outside the country. The letter may now be sold outside Ireland.

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