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One of only 11 surviving copies of the US Constitution will go up for auction at Sotheby's in November and is expected to reach up to $20M

 One of just 11 surviving original copies of the United States Constitution is set to go up for auction later this year and is expected to get bids for up to $20 million.

Sotheby's announced they are putting a rare, original copy of the historic document, with an estimated value of between $15 million and $20 million, under the hammer at their Manhattan auction house in November.

Signed in 1787 in Philadelphia, It is one of only 11 known surviving copies from the official first printing produced for the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress, USA Today reported. 

One of only 11 known surviving copies of the American constitution will be sold in New York in November (pictured)

One of only 11 known surviving copies of the American constitution will be sold in New York in November (pictured)

The rare document is from New York- based philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman's collection

The rare document is from New York- based philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman's collection

It's the only copy that remains in private hands and will be sold at the New York auction house in November. 

'It's incredibly rare,' Selby Kiffer, a manuscripts and ancient books expert at Sotheby's, told AFP. 

Kiffer added that it was probably printed on the eve of the signing.


'This was probably printed in an edition of 500 copies. Now only eleven are known to survive and this is the only one in private hands,' he said.

The rare document will joint will join nearly 80 constitutional and related documents up for auction by Sotheby's and is currently in public view at the auction house's Manhattan galleries until September 19.

It will then travel to Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas before returning to New York this fall for its sale. 

The document is one of only 11 known surviving copies from the official first printing for the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress

The document is one of only 11 known surviving copies from the official first printing for the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress

Sotheby's is auctioning an original copy of the American constitution, with an estimated value of between $15 million and $20 million, in November

Sotheby's is auctioning an original copy of the American constitution, with an estimated value of between $15 million and $20 million, in November

The rare document is from New York- based philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman's collection.

She inherited the copy following the after the death of her husband, Harry Goldman in 1997. He originally purchased it in 1988 at Sotheby's for $165,000, when it was sold by a collector from Philadelphia, Artnews.com reported.  

Kiffer actually spearheaded its auction in 1988 and said he looks forward to doing it again three decades later. 

'While it's a lot of years later and I've handled a lot of great things and I'm more experienced, I have to say it's just as exciting, if not a little bit more exciting, the second time around,' he told USA Today.  

As for where he believes the document will end up, Kiffer says he thinks it will stay in the United States.

'It's the longest-serving charter of government in the world. I think it's already been a model for other constitutions around the world,' he told AFP. 'But I think when it comes down to it, no one values American history more highly than Americans and I would be surprised that the new owner was not an American.'

The original Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are all house at the National Archives Museum in Washington DC.

The last original copy sold at auction was sold in June 2000 for $8.14 million. 

3 comments:

  1. "the constitution? it's just a goddamn piece of paper"
    ... president bush jr

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    1. I'm a conservative but I can proudly say George W. Bush will never leave the USA again lest he be arrested for war crimes. Both him and that POS Cheney should both be in jail.

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  2. Sorros bought it to use a TOILET PAPER at his pedo party.

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