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Copy of Magna Carta to be sold
AP (via Yahoo) ^ | Tue Sep 25, 8:31 PM ET | Associated Press

Posted on 09/26/2007 5:49:54 AM PDT by newzjunkey

A 13th-century copy of the Magna Carta, a milestone of English freedom, will be offered for sale in New York in December, Sotheby's auction house said Tuesday.

The vellum manuscript owned by the Perot Foundation is estimated to sell for $20 million to $30 million, Sotheby's said.

The document was on display at the National Archives in Washington for more than 20 years until last Thursday.

King John was forced by barons to agree to the charter in 1215. It guaranteed that freemen would not be imprisoned or deprived of property without due process, including a right to a speedy trial before a jury.

Versions of the Magna Carta were issued in 1216, 1217, 1225 and 1264 by John's son, King Henry III.

The copy offered by Sotheby's for sale on Dec. 10 is dated 1297, the year it was incorporated into the statute rolls of King Edward I.

Discovered among the Brudenell family records in England in 1974, the copy is one of only four remaining of the 1297 charter.

H. Ross Perot bought the copy in 1984 and loaned it to the National Archives. It was first exhibited in 1985.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: habeascorpus; kingjohn; magnacarta; nationalarchives; perot; runnymede
I remember the display. I'm a bit shocked the copy I saw displayed is now up for sale and not part of our nation's collection.
1 posted on 09/26/2007 5:49:54 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey

Seems as though everything is for sale these days.

Sad.


2 posted on 09/26/2007 5:55:37 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: newzjunkey

Stopped in for a moment. Let’s see if someone from a wealthy oil producing country in the ME buys it. To own something like that would mean as much to them as building a mosque over the Vatican.


3 posted on 09/26/2007 6:04:26 AM PDT by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: newzjunkey

Not interested. I’ll holding my bid for the original.


4 posted on 09/26/2007 6:05:19 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: processing please hold
Let’s see if someone from a wealthy oil producing country in the ME buys it.

Maybe they will read it and be overcome by enough kindness to turn their dictatorship into a democracy or even a republic.

5 posted on 09/26/2007 6:08:25 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: newzjunkey

If I owned it and loaned for 22 years and could get 30 million for it I’d sell it too, after making a photocopy.


6 posted on 09/26/2007 6:08:53 AM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: newzjunkey
H. Ross Perot, what a great man. God, family, country, he lives the values others just throw around in hollow political speeches.
7 posted on 09/26/2007 6:13:37 AM PDT by Red6 (Come and take it.)
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I'm a bit shocked the copy I saw displayed is now up for sale and not part of our nation's collection.

or Britain's.

8 posted on 09/26/2007 6:23:46 AM PDT by generally (Ask me about FReepers Folding@Home)
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‘or Britain’s.’

We’ve got the one that matters - though they weren’t big on paragraphs and punctuation back then!

http://www.bl.uk/treasures/magnacarta/magna_5.html


9 posted on 09/26/2007 7:18:30 AM PDT by britemp
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To: newzjunkey
"Know ye that we, unto the honour of Almighty God, and for the salvation of the souls of our progenitors and successors, Kings of England, to the advancement of holy Church, and amendment of our Realm, of our meer and free will, have given and granted to all Archbishops, Bishops, Abbots, Priors, Earls, Barons, and to all freemen of this our realm, these liberties following, to be kept in our kingdom of England for ever."

They start out [!] giving
honor to God and stating
souls need salvation!

That's a document
that is Christian at its roots!
If our Founders had

really wanted to
make us a Christian nation
officially, then

they could have borrowed
some of this kind of phrasing.
But they left it out!
10 posted on 09/26/2007 7:31:22 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: newzjunkey


"It belongs in a museum!"
11 posted on 09/26/2007 7:39:26 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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