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George Washington book fetches $9.8M at auction

India TV News Desk 23 Jun 2012, 8:13:33 IST
India TV News Desk
New York , Jun23: A book once owned by George Washington containing his annotated copy of the U.S. Constitution has sold for nearly $10 million at a New York auction.

A spokesman for Christie's auction house says it's a new world record for a historical document.

Christie's says the bidder was a representative of the nonprofit educational organization that operates the museum at Washington's Virginia home.

The 223-year-old book has “President of the United States” on the cover and also contains a copy of the Bill of Rights.

Washington added brackets and notes that highlighted key passages about the responsibility of the president.

It sold for $9.8 million Friday to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union. The book will be returned to the library at Mount Vernon.