Rare copy of old book owned by Obama's ancestor for sale

Sat, Dec 29, 2012, 00:00

ART AUCTION:A copy of the 17th century book De Pictura Veterum owned by President Barack Obama’s Dublin ancestor Michael Kearney will be auctioned by Whyte’s fine art auctioneers in Dublin on January 26th.

The book has a pre-sale estimate of €500-€700.

The rare copy of a 17th-century treatise on art history – which was written in Latin – was owned by Michael Kearney, who was Mr Obama’s six times great-granduncle. The discovery of Kearney’s book is the latest “evidence” to emerge of Mr Obama’s tenuous genealogical links to Ireland.

Last year, during his visit to Ireland, Mr Obama went to Moneygall in Co Offaly, from where his maternal great-great-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, a shoemaker’s son, had emigrated to America in 1850.