George Washington’s Constitution: Life, Liberty, and an Auction

Jun 12, 2012 6:00am

What did George Washington actually think about the Second Amendment?

What was his view on the role of the Supreme Court?

Did he doodle in the margins?

These questions — and more — could be answered when the auction house Christie’s puts Washington’s personal Constitution up for sale. It’s expected to go for between $2 million and $3 million.

Christie’s is staging a press preview of the Constitution today. The actual auction will be in New York on June 22.

The annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is from 1789, Washington’s first year as the first president. He signed it, too.

In 2009, Christie’s auctioned an autographed manuscript of the victory speech Abraham Lincoln gave in 1864 — that one went for more than $3 million.

Washington’s pocket Constitution is being sold by the estate of H. Richard Dietrich Jr., a collector of colonial American art who died in 2007.

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