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There is a significant piece of American history going in the auction block today George Washington's personal copy.
Of the US constitution and the bill of rights those documents -- a book containing handwritten notes -- -- -- Our first president Laura Ingle is live in New York City and this -- -- good morning.
I -- just think about the conversation pieces will be if you could afford to buy this book is one of the rare as presidential documents ever to be put up for auction.
And is expected to be one of the most expensive as well.
Could fetch between two and three million dollars today right down the road behind this at Christie's auction house.
And happening just about three hours the 223 year old book was printed in 1789.
And as a -- with the words.
President of the United States on the front a book plate engraved with Washington's name is pasted on the front -- paper and his authenticated signature is on the title page.
Now what is the most unique things of the book are George Washington's imitations in the margins.
According to Christie's Washington rarely wrote notes in the margins of -- volumes which makes this look even more valuable.
He's taken -- very light pencil.
You know a number of pages.
With the Texas constitution.
He's made notations.
Articles that would be of interest to some of serving as president.
So -- mark the passage there.
And commander in chief is president.
-- this copy of the constitution was one of a set of three the other two copies went to president Thomas Jefferson and John Jay the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.
The book -- to be near pristine condition it was -- -- Washington's house and Mount Vernon until 1876.
When a member of Washington's family sold it along with some other books.
It is only had a handful of owners is that the book is being put up for -- -- its current owner who says most of the proceeds will go to his children.
The record for the most expensive presidential document to sell at auction was -- manuscript of Lincoln's second inaugural address which sold -- Christie's or.
3.4 million dollars in 2009.
So we're keeping a close scientists to see by the numbers up and it's made it come out -- -- job there and thank you.
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