223 years old.
A gold-embossed piece of U.S. history will go up for sale this month, when Christie’s auctions off George Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The documents, which date to 1789 and are signed and annotated by the first U.S. president, are poised to fetch from $2 million to $3 million when they hit the block on June 22, the auction house said on Wednesday.
The bound papers constitute Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress. These include the Constitution, whose preamble promises to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” along with the draft Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the Constitution which include such fundamental liberties as the right to free speech, press, assembly and religion.
The volume, embossed with “President of the United States” in gold on the cover, was described by Christie’s as being in near-pristine condition after 223 years. It was specially printed for Washington in 1789, his first year in office as president.