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    A news wire from Mr. Marconi. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The world’s first news wireless transmission  features at Mealy’s rare book sale in Dublin on December 13 and 14.  It is from a work of reportage carried out by Gugliemlo Marconi and his team at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dublin on July 20, 1898.  Marconi, who was later to set up transatlantic wireless stations at Crookhaven in Co. Cork and Clifden in Co. Galway, was working on wireless telegraphy in Antrim when he was asked by Thomas Gill, editor of the Dublin Daily Express and Evening Mail, if he could report results from Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) Regatta direct from the high seas. Over two days he transmitted results of all the major races from a tugboat to a land station in the harbour masters office.  Here they were printed, decoded and telegraphed to the newspapers. Lot 1022 features two lengths of original Morse code ticker-tape of this first transmission from ship to shore framed with Marconi’s visiting card, a photograph and a sketch. They are from the collection of Thomas Gill, and estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    The auction features Titanic memorabilia.  Among these is a letter about furnishings on the vessel and rescue Marconigrams. There is an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic and material relating to the Irish Rising and the Civil War. The venue for the sale is the D4 Hotel in Dublin.

    UPDATE: The auction was 82 per cent sold and brought in more than 500,000.

    A Titanic rivet head (350-500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000

    An original photograph showing Alfred Lord Tennyson seated on a sofa with his young son Hallam, with James Garth Marshall, Mary Marshall and their daughter Julia Mary. The picture was taken by Charles Dogson, better known as Lewis Carroll, creator of "Alice". (1,800-2,500). Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000

    Untransmitted Marconigrames from the Carpathia (3,500-5,000). Click to enlarge). UPDATE: SOLD FOR 3,500

    A 1916 copy of the Proclamation (40,000-50,000). (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE 55,000.

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