Skip to comments.George Washington's U.S. Constitution up for auction [today at New York City's Christie's]
Posted on 06/22/2012 6:02:22 AM PDT by ETL
(Reuters) - A gold-embossed piece of U.S. history will go up for sale this month, when Christie's auctions off George Washington's personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The documents, which date to 1789 and are signed and annotated by the first U.S. president, are poised to fetch from $2 million to $3 million when they hit the block on June 22, the auction house said on Wednesday.
The bound papers constitute Washington's personal copy of the Acts of Congress. These include the Constitution, whose preamble promises to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity," along with the draft Bill of Rights - the first 10 amendments to the Constitution which include such fundamental liberties as the right to free speech, press, assembly and religion.
The volume, embossed with "President of the United States" in gold on the cover, was described by Christie's as being in near-pristine condition after 223 years. It was specially printed for Washington in 1789, his first year in office as president.
The margins include Washington's handwritten brackets and notations highlighting key passages concerning the president's responsibilities.
The Acts of Congress volume was sold from Washington's library at Mt. Vernon in 1876 and was eventually bought at auction by collector Richard Dietrich in the 1960s. It is being offered for sale by the family's estate. ..."
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
My birthday is in September...
(I’m sure that representatives of various museums will be bidding.)
That’s what I say. This is too precious to be “auctioned” off ..who is profiting from this? Worse, who will BUY it?
Is our liberty and freedom for sale?
Some may say yes to that.
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Donate it to Mt. Vernon.
Something like this is a national treasure and should be in a museum.
Considering our government isn’t using it’s copy... Maybe we should send them this copy.
What if a leftist piece of crap like Soros or Ted Turner buys it?
... I'll consider that a bad sign.
The Constitution was reduced to ashes for all to see on January 20, 2009.
What if a leftist piece of crap like Soros or Ted Turner buys it? ...then turns around and sells it for a nice profit to provide cash for anti-American causes.
That would be $100M of OUR (taxpayer) money.
Sickening, how such a person could be elected president of the US considering all the info that was readily available on him prior.
The document was the personal property of George Washington. Evidently it was sold by his heirs, or the trustees of his estate in 1876. Since then it has been legally sold until it became the personal property of this Mr. Dietrich. It is now part of his estate and the proceeds from the sale should go to the heirs of his estate for them to do with as pleases them.
It is the sale of a document of historical interest and I hope it ends up in a museum, but it is not a sale of our freedom or liberty.
Sheldon Adelson — or Romney himself — ought to buy it and threaten to destroy it publicly. Just to start a conversation. I suspect we’d discover we revere the physical document more than the liberties it embodies.
That would be good.
Exactly why it was the inauguration of desolation - the obamanation standing where he ought not.
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Too bad it was sold from Mt. Vernon in the first place. Maybe someone will donate it back, or to another worthy museum.
Anarchy = Lawlessness
The Obamas and their ilk have made it obvious from the beginning that they despise the rule of law, our Constitution, traditions and way of life.
The usurping of the highest office in the “free world” has made them drunk on power and has magnified their arrogance.
Anyone supporting these vile, despotic thugs is without excuse, and are but carbon copies of the beast. Unfortunately they are not content to simply pile onto the Obama-beast-bus on the highway to hell, they are mowing down anyone who won’t hop aboard.
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“The volume sold for $9,826,500 at Christie’s to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, the proprietors of Washington’s estate in Virginia.”
Click here for the story.
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See #9. Note that I picked the buyer! I just didn’t know that they had the money. It is going to a good home. It’s going to the right home.
Nice job, George!
Indeed, nice job! I was there last week...God bless the Mt Vernon Ladies.
“It was in his library when he died and now it will be returned there,” said Ann Bookout, Regent of the Mt Vernon Ladies Association.
You did, but it was far from a "donation". They paid over 3 times the expected 3 million.
From Pharmboy's Fox News link:
"A book owned by George Washington and containing his own annotated copy of the Constitution sold for almost $10 million at Christie's, more than three times what it was expected to draw.
A fierce bidding war between two unidentified parties forced the price up, and applause erupted in the venerable auction house when the hammer came down and the 223-year-old book sold for $9,826,500 to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association."
From the website of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association:
"Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, is owned and maintained by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, the oldest national historic preservation organization in the United States.
Founded by Ann Pamela Cunningham of South Carolina, the Association might never have come into existence were it not a tradition for ships to toll their bells when passing Mount Vernon. When in 1853 Miss Cunninghams mother was summoned to deck by such a bell, ringing in homage to the nations first president, she was horrified at the sight of Washingtons once grand house covered with peeling paint and overgrown weeds, its famous portico so dilapidated that it was propped up by a sailing mast. I was painfully distressed, she later wrote to her daughter, at the ruin and desolation of the home of Washington, and the thought passed through my mind: Why was it that the women of his country did not try to keep it in repair, if the men could not do it? It does seem such a blot on our country.
Inspired by her mothers conviction, Ann Pamela Cunningham launched a campaign to raise the funds necessary to purchase and preserve the home of Washington. The Association she founded in 1853a nationwide organization of womenappealed to the American people for $200,000 in an unprecedented grassroots fundraising campaign. The country responded, and five years later the Association purchased the Mansion, outbuildings and 200 surrounding acres from John Augustine Washington III, a great-grandnephew of George Washington.
Recognized as the first national preservation organization in America, the women who banded together in 1853 to form the Mount Vernon Ladies Association were embarking upon a single-minded mission to protect George Washingtons home from commercial development. But the rescue of Mount Vernon was just the first chapter in a long and illustrious preservation story. Inside, the Mansion was almost empty only a handful of Washington Family pieces were left behind. The challenge of preserving the estate at a time when there was no historic preservation standard was made even more daunting by the fact that the country was about to be torn apart by Civil War. Room by room, garden by garden, and building by building, Washingtons estate was returned to its former glory. The women of Mount Vernon proved to be closely-watched pioneers in the evolving field of preservation and became an inspiration and guide to other preservation groups, often spearheaded by women, for protecting the homes of other founding fathers, inventors, and community leaders.
The Ladies took possession of Mount Vernon and opened it to the public in 1860. Under the Associations 150-year long trusteeship, the estate has been authentically restored to its original appearance. Today Mount Vernon is a national monument that is open to the public every day of the year, serving an average of over one million visitors annually. ..."
Note her name regarding books that need returning to the library! You can’t make this stuff up!
BTW, I agree with you on Mr. Vernon — an impressive place. Anybody who falls for that old story that Washington was “ill educated” (an idea one of my children’s teachers in Berkeley, CA tried to impart to the kiddies in 1967) should visit Mt. Vernon and just see all of the knowledge ad expertise required to run that plantation!
Hopefully, the seller will have a sudden attack of ‘conscience’ and donate/return a portion of the $10 mill to the association.
Wouldn’t that be nice!
Thanks! Nice updates!
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