A 300-year-old musket which was fired at bitter foes during the Battle of the Boyne has been sold at auction for £20,000 to an anonymous buyer. The once lethal carbine had been passed from the late Dr Ian Paisley to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a symbol of the peace process in 2007.
Apparently it hadn't been in the former DUP leader's gift to give - it had merely been on loan and was yesterday sold by its actual and anonymous owner in an unusual sale by Ross's Auctions in Belfast. The antique musket, which is also thought to have been used during the Siege of Derry in 1688, just two years before the pivotal battle at the Boyne, was snapped up by an unnamed telephone bidder.
Auctioneer Daniel Clarke said the "peace gun, presented to the Irish Premier at the Boyne in Co Meath eight years ago" had received considerable interest from the Unites States and the Republic of Ireland.