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Philip Flynn, then President of the Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society Ltd., organized the signing of the cover of the final Good Friday agreement by all the important participants whose original was sold at a charity auction. This central event in Ireland`s modern history is inevitably interesting for collectors. The negotiation process has caused a lot of red tape. Whytes` auctioneers had announced that today`s sale “History, Literature and Collectibles” would include “the initial, official and final good Friday agreement proposal that was presented to both of the talks.” The document was also signed by U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who played a historic role in mediating the agreement, with signatures collected by a member of the PUP delegation. And someone else showed up for sale. While the auctioneers of Molesworth Street are informed this afternoon that Lot 271 of the catalogue has indeed been removed, a new lot, No. 271 A, is a last minute supplement for sale. It is described as “a simultaneous copy of the good Friday agreement proposal, which was submitted for consideration by those present at the interviews.” In fact, it is a copy of the same memo, with many of the same signatures, including that of the then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Prime Minister at the time, Bertie Ahern. What about the estimate? Well, the same thing – 3,000- 5,000.

The seller of this copy, Whyte`s say, is an unnamed female “participant” who was present on the last day of the interviews. The document, an official copy of the final agreement that paved the way for peace in Northern Ireland, contains the signatures of George Mitchell, Harri Holkeri, Paul Murphy and John de Chastelain. The Irish Times then reported that the seller was David Andrews, the former foreign minister of Fianna Féil and participating in the discussions. He later removed the object and said he regretted his “error of judgment.” It goes without saying that Andrews had plans before being unveiled as a seller to donate the proceeds of the sale to two leading charities. Andrews was then the subject of bad comments on social media about the sale of a state document. It should be noted that the document was not the Belfast agreement. The document he offered Whyte was a copy of a memo that was given to participants in the last day`s interviews. He had asked other participants to sign the cover of the memo in remembrance of the occasion. And he was not alone. An unknown number of participants in this fateful morning`s interviews also asked each other to sign their copies. In the busy circumstances, many were interested in a request for the historical event.

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