$4 Painting Contains Million Dollar Original Print of the Declaration of Independence

Posted by Benjamin Sutton on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Here’s an anecdote you can trot out next time your partner, parent, best friend or imaginary antiquarian sidekick tells you that parsing through dusty goodies at neighborhood flea markets is a waste of your time and money: a man from Philadelphia found one of the first printed copies of the Declaration of Independence (estimated value $800,000-$1.2 million) in the back of a painting he bought at a Lancaster County antique market (for $4).
The Philadelphia Inquirer tells of the unexpected discovery two summers ago by the Philly financial analyst (right, because that’s the kind of person who needs more money), a collector of old maps and historical documents, who found one of 24 known copies of the Declaration printed on July 4, 1776.





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