An extremely rare original copy of the US constitution has sold for $ 43 million – a world record for a historical document sold at auction, Sotheby’s said. It is one of only 11 known surviving copies of the American Constitution, signed on September 17, 1787 in the Philadelphia Hall of Independence by the founding fathers of America, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison, and ratified the following year. .
The winning bidder remained anonymous. A group of cryptocurrency investors had raised $ 40 million to buy the document, but failed to bid, the auction house said. Selby Kiefer, an expert on manuscripts and ancient books at Sotheby’s, told the media that the copy was probably part of copies of the original printed on the eve of the document’s signing. “This specimen is the only one that falls into private hands,” Kiefer told AFP.