Yeats books sells at auction for €48,000

Two significant books and manuscripts with Sligo connections have sold at auction for a combined sale price of over €58,000.

An extremely rare book gifted by William Butler Yeats to Maud Gonne has been bought for a hammer price of €48,000.

The unrecorded illustrated copy of WB Yeats’ The Wonderings of Oisin had an estimated price of 10,000 to 15,000 euro.

The book, which had a dated inscription to Maud Goone, was bought by a private collector of Yeats material and it’s expected to remain in Ireland.

It was part of a memorabilia sale held by Fonsie Mealy auctioneers in Dublin.

Auctioneer, George Mealy says the book was a very exciting discovery.

There was also another Sligo connection at the auction, as an original typed script by poet Seamus Heaney dedicated to Sligo Doctor, Philip Murray, went under the hammer.

Mr Mealy says this particular piece sold for €10,000.