A very special document will be auctioned later this year – a rare copy of the US Constitution.

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Sotheby’s announced Friday – appropriately on Constitution Day – that in November it would put up for auction one of just 11 surviving copies of the Constitution from the official first printing produced for delegates to the Constitutional Convention and the Continental Congress. It is the only copy that remains in private hands and is estimated at $15 million–$20 million.

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“This is the final text. The debate over what the Constitution would say with this document was over. The debate had just begun about whether the Constitution was being adopted,” said an international senior expert in Sotheby’s Department of Books and Manuscripts Selby Kiefer, told The Associated Press.

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He said of the document that was created, “It was the Constitution, but it didn’t take effect until it was debated and ratified. So this is the first in the process of our living now under this 234-year-old document.” It was a step.” in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787.

Image of a rare copy of the US Constitution. (Sotheby’s)

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Image of a rare copy of the US Constitution. (Sotheby’s)

It will comprise of around 80 constitutional and related documents up for auction by the venerable House. A copy of the Constitution is on public view at Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries until September 19 and then travels to Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas before returning to New York this fall.

This is Kiefer’s second time handling the rare document. He also led its auction in 1988. At the time, it had gone for only $165,000. “Although it’s many years later and I’ve handled a lot of great things and I’m more experienced, I must say it’s just as exciting, if not a little more exciting, then the second time around,” he said.

The document is from Dorothy Tapper’s collection and proceeds from the sale of the collection will benefit The Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding of American democracy and how the actions of all citizens can make a difference.

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Image of a rare copy of the US Constitution. (Sotheby’s)

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Image of a rare copy of the US Constitution. (Sotheby’s)

“It would have belonged to a member of the Continental Congress or one of the delegates to the Continental Conference. Those were the only people who had access to this first printing,” Kiefer estimated, with several hundred copies originally made. “Your eye immediately turns to that first line, ‘We the people of the United States of America.'”