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Deal of the Day: Magna Carta

Magna_carta_thumb There could be no better way to impress your clients and empty your bank account than with your own original copy of the Magna Carta -- perhaps the most important legal document in history. As J. Craig Williams notes at his blog May it Please the Court, international auction house Sotheby's announced yesterday that it will auction one of the fewer than 20 known copies of the document during the week of Dec. 10. One of only two copies outside England, this may be the only Magna Carta ever likely to be sold, Sotheby's says. Dated 1297 and sealed by King Edward I, this copy has been on loan to the National Archives in Washington by its owner, The Perot Foundation, which bought it in 1984. Before that, the document had been owned for six centuries by a British family believed to have obtained it through their forebears, two distinguished lawyers.

Sotheby's expects the Magna Carta to sell for as much as $30 million. If that is outside your office-decorating budget, Williams suggests, you can always hold out in the hope of finding one at a garage sale for $1.59. Of course, you can always read it online.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 26, 2007 at 03:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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