The Bullet that Killed Harry Boland would Be Auctioned Off at James Adam’s for €1,000

A lead bullet is associated with the romantic and tragic history which shows the helplessness of life ,and a famous one will go under the hammer in the upcoming sale of antiques at the salerooms of James Adam’s Dublin. In Dublin, on 31st of July  1922, during  early morning of that day, Harry Boland was attempting to escape at a hotel in Skerries, and was arrested by the Free State soldiers and a bullet had been removed from the body of Harry Boland at St Vincent’s Hospital. After many days of being shot  he died.

The auction will take place on July 12 in James Adam’s salerooms, where the bullet is going to be auctioned in the ‘Interiors and Collectibles’ auctions. According to the vendors the bullet was preserved in a sealed envelope at St. Vincent’s, until it was given by the Sisters to a supervisor at the hospital, Kitty Lowry. The sealed envelope was intact until the burglary of house recently. However, the burglar was disappointed to find its content. The local Garda office has confirmed the burglary’s details with a signed letter. The estimation would be about €700-€1,000.

On Harry Boland’s return from the US, he had opposed a Treaty; as he was sleeping in a Skerries hotel in that fateful night of 30/31 July, the hotel was surrounded by a Free State military party. Armed soldiers entering his room asked him to surrender. In a confused state, he tried to escape when he was shot and his wounds did not heal. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where a few days later, he died. The medical treatment was delayed and denied by the authorities.

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Via: Independent

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