A copy of the Constitution that belonged to the father of our country went for one mother of a price at auction yesterday — a record $9.8 million.
The successful bidder was the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, a privately funded nonprofit that owns and operates Mount Vernon, the first president’s Virginia estate.
The volume sold after four minutes of bidding at Christie’s in Manhattan and went for more than three times its estimated price. It is now headed home to Mount Vernon.
“It was in his library when he died, and now it will be returned there,” said Ann Bookout, regent of the association.
The book, which Christie’s said set a world auction record for an American book or historical document, will go to the George Washington presidential library now under construction at Mount Vernon.