A rare first-edition copy of the United States Constitution was sold at auction Thursday for a record-breaking $43.2 million.
The first printing of the final text of the Constitution was nabbed by Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s chairman and worldwide head of sales for global fine art, after an 8-minute battle Thursday night, according to Sotheby’s, which held the auction.
It sold for more than double its $15 million – $20 million estimate "setting a world auction record for any book, manuscript, historical document, or printed text," according to Sotheby's.
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"The Constitution needs little introduction as one of the most influential and significant historical documents ever conceived," Selby Kiffer, Sotheby’s senior international specialist for books and manuscripts, said in a statement, adding that the sale marked a "monumental and historic occasion."