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Original Copy Of US Constitution Auctioned For $43m

A rare, original copy of the United States Constitution was sold for $43 million on Thursday, a world record for a landmark document at auction, Sotheby’s said.

It is one of only 11 known copies of the United States Charter, signed and ratified at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, by the Founding Fathers of the United States, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison that following year. The winning bidder was not immediately identified.

A group of cryptocurrency investors raised $40 million to purchase the document but were unable to secure the document, this consortium said.

A Sotheby’s spokesman said the sale for $43.2 million, including commissions, was a world record for a landmark document offered at auction.

Selby Kiffer, a Sotheby’s manuscript and antique book expert, said in September that this copy was likely part of a 500-print edition the night before it was signed. This is the only one in private hands, said Kiffer