A copy of former President George Washington's personal copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is viewed at Christie's auction house in New York City. The artifact, which is signed and has notes by Washington, was put up for auction on June 22. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP.
NEW YORK, NY.- On June 22, at Christie’s New York, George Washington’s annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789) sold for $9,826,500, setting a new world auction record for an American book or historical document. After 223 years, it remains in near-pristine condition, with Washington’s bold signature and his armorial bookplate. Remarkably, in the margins of the Constitution, Washington has added careful brackets and marginal notes. These notations highlight key passages concerning the President’s responsibilities, testifying to Washington’s careful, conscientious approach to his powers and responsibilities in his ground-breaking first term. ... More
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Christie's sets a world auction record for an American book or historical document
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