1789 Acts of Congress to be auctioned in NYC
4/24/2012 12:29:19 PM - AP News
NEW YORK (AP) — George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of Congress is heading to a New York City auction.Christie's is offering it on June 22. Its presale estimate is $2 million to $3 million. It's being sold by the Dietrich American Foundation.The 93-page leather-bound volume contains the U.S. Constitution and a draft of the Bill of Rights. It was printed in 1789 during the first president's first year in office.Washington made notations in the margin of the Constitution and bracketed passages pertaining to the president's duties. The title page contains his signature.Two similar copies were made for Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Attorney General John Jay.Jefferson's is in Indiana University's Lilly Library. Jay's is in a private collection.