- Sotheby’s is auctioning an original copy of the US Constitution in November, estimated to cost between $15 million and $20 million.
- It is one of only 11 known surviving copies from the Constitutional Convention for Delegates and the official first printing for the Continental Congress.
- The rare document is from the collection of New York-based philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman
- It is currently in public view at Sotheby’s Manhattan Galleries until September 19
- The document will travel to Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas before returning to New York for sale this fall.
One of only 11 surviving original copies of the United States Constitution is set to go up for auction later this year and is expected to fetch up to $20 million in bids.
Sotheby’s announced that they are putting a rare, original copy of the historic document with an estimated value of between $15 million and $20 million under the hammer at their Manhattan auction house in November.
Signed in Philadelphia in 1787, it is one of only 11 known surviving copies from the official first printing produced for the Constitutional Convention for Delegates and the Continental Congress, USA Today informed of.
One of only 11 known surviving copies of the US Constitution will be sold in New York in November (pictured)
The rare document is from the collection of New York-based philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman
It is the only copy that remains in private hands and will be sold at the New York auction house in November.
“It’s incredibly rare,” Selby Kiefer, a Sotheby’s specialist in manuscripts and ancient books, told AFP.
Kiefer said it was probably printed on the eve of the signing.
‘It was probably printed in an edition of 500 copies. Now only eleven are known to survive and this is the only one in private hands,’ he said.
The rare document will be among about 80 constitutional and related documents up for auction jointly by Sotheby’s and is currently Public view in the auction house’s Manhattan galleries until September 19.
It would then travel to Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas before returning to New York for sale.
The document is one of only 11 known surviving copies from the Constitutional Convention for Representatives and the official first printing for the Continental Congress.
Sotheby’s is auctioning an original copy of the US Constitution in November, estimated to cost between $15 million and $20 million.
The rare document is from the collection of New York-based philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman.
She inherited the copy after the death of her husband, Harry Goldman, in 1997. He originally bought it at Sotheby’s in 1988 for $165,000, when it was sold by a collector in Philadelphia, Artnews.com informed of.
Kiefer actually led its auction in 1988 and said he looked forward to doing it again three decades later.
‘Although it is many years later and I have handled a lot of great things and I am more experienced, I must say it is just as exciting, if not a little more exciting, then the second time around,’ he told USA Today.
As far as whether he believes the document will expire, Kiefer says he thinks it will remain in the United States.
‘This is the longest running charter of government in the world. I think it has already been a model for other constitutions around the world,’ he told AFP. ‘But I think when it comes down to it, no one values American history more than the Americans and I’d be surprised if the new owner wasn’t American.’
The National Archives Museum in Washington DC all houses the original Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
The last original copy sold at auction was in June 2000 for $8.14 million.