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Book containing George Washington's copy of Constitution fetches nearly $10M
FoxNews.com ^ | June 22, 2012 | Maegan Vazquez

Posted on 06/23/2012 7:34:03 AM PDT by ETL

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.

The Acts of Congress volume includes a copy of the Constitution, a draft of the Bill of Rights, and acts creating the executive, State and Treasury department. The book was printed for him in 1789 and is in nearly-pristine condition.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billofrights; christies; constitution; georgewashington; godsgravesglyphs; mountvernon; mvladiesassociation; newyork
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 Cunningham’s mother was summoned to deck by such a bell, ringing in homage to the nation’s first president, she was horrified at the sight of Washington’s 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 mother’s 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 1853—a nationwide organization of women—appealed 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 Washington’s 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, Washington’s 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 Association’s 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. ..."

http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/library/mount-vernon-ladies-association

1 posted on 06/23/2012 7:34:11 AM PDT by ETL
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Hopefully the seller will have a sudden attack of ‘conscience’ and donate/return a portion of the $10 mill to the association.


2 posted on 06/23/2012 7:34:51 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks, Pharmboy, for providing the FoxNews link.


3 posted on 06/23/2012 7:36:42 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; iowamark; SunkenCiv

PING.


4 posted on 06/23/2012 7:37:37 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Could somebody please make a copy of the Constitution and send it to the current POS residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? I believe that he’s never read it before.


5 posted on 06/23/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: ETL

Could somebody please make a copy of the Constitution and send it to the POS currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? I believe that he’s never read it before.


6 posted on 06/23/2012 7:40:56 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: dinodino

Who do you appoint to read it to him? You don’t expect the black messiah to read that ‘white man’s declaration of negative rights do you?’


7 posted on 06/23/2012 7:45:00 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: dinodino; C210N
He's read it. He just doesn't respect it.


graphic provided by FReeper C210N.

8 posted on 06/23/2012 7:46:34 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: MHGinTN
You don’t expect the black messiah to read that ‘white man’s declaration of negative rights do you?’

That communist SOB is nobody's "messiah". Like most of the hard left, he's in it for personal power and wealth.

9 posted on 06/23/2012 7:49:12 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
$9,826,500

What's with the $500 on the end of this bid?

Reminds me of the one about the guy who has been out of work for over a year and finally tells his wife they are going to lose everything they have unless there is some cash coming in immediately. He says she has to go out on the street and raise some money, there is just no other way.

So that evening she gets dressed up and leaves the house about 6 PM and returns at 4 A.M. the following morning. He asks her how she did and in response she opens her purse and hands him an envelope which he opens. After counting what's in there he looks at her and says, "$26 dollars and 10 cents? Who the hell is the cheap S.O.B. who gave you 10 cents?"

The women looks at him and says, "All of them"

badda boom boom.

11 posted on 06/23/2012 8:03:40 AM PDT by scram2
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To: ETL

Sadly, he IS a messiah to too many black people and commie democrats.


12 posted on 06/23/2012 8:08:15 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: scram2
What's with the $500 on the end of this bid?

Probably part of the sales tax.

13 posted on 06/23/2012 8:09:04 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: ETL
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.

I don't think we'll see it for sale again.

14 posted on 06/23/2012 8:14:22 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ETL
And, hundreds of years in the future, former pResident Obama’s personal copy of “Dreams from My Father,” will fetch a sizeable price. I'm assuming that hundreds of years from now, liberals will have put trees off-limits for ANYTHING, so toilet paper, and paper in general will fetch very high prices, indeed.

Wiping one’s derriere is about the only thing his book is good for.

15 posted on 06/23/2012 8:23:18 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ETL

$10M? Those ladies must have one heck of an endowment budget!!!!!


16 posted on 06/23/2012 8:28:15 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Moonman62

I don’t think we will ever see it sold again either. This particular piece is fascinating. Just think.... decisions around and at the infancy of our nation were extracted from this as a reference book.


17 posted on 06/23/2012 8:31:42 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: ETL
Wow.
18 posted on 06/23/2012 8:36:23 AM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: ETL
One would hope. The Mt Vernon Ladies Association has been totally responsible for the present authentic restoration of Mount Vernon. When they took possession it was abandoned and in decay. Incredibly, no one until 1860 had given a damn about the Home of the Father of the Country.

It has been virtually completely restored, down to the legacy plants in the garden, the slave quarters, and the distillery. It is well worth a visit and a contribution by anyone in the DC area on vacation or otherwise. Went there a few years back and donate ever since. They even have a boat ride/tour on the Potomac leaving from Washington's dock. It is a great patriotic landmark, without any Gubbermint support or interference.

19 posted on 06/23/2012 10:03:10 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: catfish1957
I think they probably have a few angels behind them for one-time opportunities like this.
20 posted on 06/23/2012 10:05:24 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
Yes...it seems strange now that it took until 1853 for someone to get motivated to do something.

I was there last Monday, and one of the docents was speaking about JA Washington III and his last few years there. Evidently, he had become bothered by all the people stopping there by carriage or boat and knocking on his door to see the place. He also was in not very good financial straights, so it was hard for him to keep it maintained.

But, God Bless the Mount Vernon Ladies Auxiliary.

21 posted on 06/23/2012 10:25:18 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: ETL

The seller was the ladies, or what?


22 posted on 06/23/2012 11:35:04 AM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (“Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.")
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To: ETL

He sees the Constitution as a barrier to the things he wants to accomplish, but like a lawyer, he seeks to find loopholes and ways to override the Constitution through executive orders and buying off votes.


23 posted on 06/23/2012 12:13:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: ETL; Pride in the USA

It’s a wonder that this even exists in near-pristine condition. It’s priceless.


24 posted on 06/23/2012 12:53:07 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

“when the hammer came down and the 223-year-old book sold for $9,826,500 to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.”


25 posted on 06/23/2012 11:43:22 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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