An extremely rare original copy of the United States Constitution sold for $ 43 million on Thursday. a world record for a historical document up for auctionSotheby’s reported.
This auction firm pointed out that It is one of only 13 surviving copies of the United States Magna Carta, signed on September 17, 1787 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia by the founding fathers of the country, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison.
The identity of the winning bidder has not been disclosed. A Sotheby’s spokesperson confirmed that the sale, for $ 43.2 million, including commissions, represents a world record for a historical document sold at auction.
The original copy sold on Thursday It was owned by American collector Dorothy Tapper Goldman and it was one of only two that were in private hands.
A group of cryptocurrency investors had raised $ 40 million to purchase the document, but could not win the bid.
“We have not got the Constitution, but we made history anyway”Said the ConstitutionDAO group on Twitter.
“We have beaten the record for the largest fundraiser for a physical item and the most money raised in 72 hours, which will be returned to all who have participated, “added this group.
Selby Kiffer, a Sotheby’s manuscript and antique book expert, explained in September that this copy was probably part of a 500-copy edition printed on the eve of the signing.
At the end of September it was estimated that its value was between 15 and 20 million dollars.
The final price more than doubled that valuation. The auction took just eight minutes, with candidates physically bidding in the New York room, but others launching their offers by phone from the rest of the world.
The famous text, with the famous preamble “We, the People of the United States, (…) proclaim and institute this Constitution for the United States of America.”, was approved on September 17, 1787.
Later it was ratified by the different federal states between December of 1787 in the case of Delaware until May of 1790 in Rhode Island. In September, Kiffer said he “found it very interesting” that the Constitution is still “as debated today as it was during its ratification.” more than 230 years ago.
(With information from AFP)