NEW YORK (AP) — A really particular doc might be auctioned off later this yr — a uncommon copy of the U.S. Constitution.
Sotheby’s introduced Friday — appropriately on Constitution Day — that in November it can put up for public sale one in all simply 11 surviving copies of the Constitution from the official first printing produced for the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress. It’s the one copy that is still in non-public palms and has an estimate of $15 million-$20 million.
“This is the final text. The debate on what the Constitution would say was over with this document. The debate about whether the Constitution was going to be adopted was just beginning,” Selby Kiffer, a global senior specialist in Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department, instructed The Associated Press.
“This was the Constitution, but it didn’t take effect until it had been debated and ratified. So this was the first step in the process of us living now under this 234-year-old document,” he stated of the doc created throughout the summer season of 1787 in Philadelphia.
It will be a part of about 80 constitutional and associated paperwork up for public sale by the venerable home. The copy of the Constitution is on public view at Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries till Sept. 19 after which travels to Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, earlier than returning to New York this fall.
It is Kiffer’s second time dealing with the uncommon doc. He additionally spearheaded its public sale in 1988. Back then, it went for simply $165,000. “While it’s a lot of years later and I’ve handled a lot of great things and I’m more experienced, I have to say it’s just as exciting, if not a little bit more exciting, the second time around,” he stated.
The doc is from the gathering of Dorothy Tapper and proceeds from the sale of the gathering will profit The Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation, which is devoted to furthering the understanding of U.S. democracy and the way the acts of all residents could make a distinction.
“It would have belonged to either a member of the Continental Congress or to one of the delegates to the Continental Convention. Those were the only people who had access to this first printing,” Kiffer stated, estimating that there have been a number of hundred copies made initially. “Your eye is immediately drawn to that first line, ‘We the people of the United States.’”
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