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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.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it will not retry John Edwards, two weeks after a federal judge declared a mistrial in his high-profile corruption case.
The department formally abandoned its prosecution of the former Democratic presidential candidate by filing an “order for dismissal” earlier Wednesday in U.S. District Court in North Carolina. The motion dismissed the remaining five counts against Edwards on which the jury had been deadlocked. Edwards was already found not guilty on one other count.
In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said the government has decided not to retry Edwards “in the interest of justice.”
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