NEW YORK (Reuters) – A version of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights U.S. belonging to George Washington was sold at auction Friday for $ 9.8 million (7.8 million) in New York, which a record for an American historical document.
This bound book signed by the first President of the United States, dating from 1789, was acquired by the non-profit Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union, which handles the maintenance of the residence of George Washington Virginia. The estate of Mount Vernon is open to the public.
“The unique book had been in the Mount Vernon library until 1876, and will soon be returned to that library,” said Chris Coover, an expert on manuscripts and books in the house Christie’s.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which sets out the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, including freedom of speech, assembly or religion, are united in one book called the Acts of Congress.