1916 Irish Rising flag fails to sell at New York auction

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An Irish tricolour believed to have flown from the General Post Office in Dublin during the 1916 Rising has failed to make its reserve price at auction.

The flag was up for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions, New York. It was expected to fetch up to $700,000, but did not make the reserve price of $500,000.

A spokeswoman for the auctions said there had been no bids in the room.

She could not confirm if there had been any telephone bids for the flag.

It was part of an auction of Irish items including pictures, manuscripts, silver and books.

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