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Bid for 1st newspaper-printed Declaration of Independence starts this month

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Do you have a spare $750,000? If so, you could own a piece of American history.

History buffs and donors alike will congregate at a midtown gallery June 25 to bid on the first newspaper-printed Declaration of Independence.

This issue of The Pennsylvania Evening Post was distributed on July 6, 1776, published in Philadelphia by Benjamin Towne.

The item is estimated to be sold at auction for between $500,000 and $750,000.

The Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, at 60 East 56th Street, in collaboration with Seth Kaller, Inc., will be featuring the rare first-ever newspaper publication at its 50th Annual "Rarities of the World" auction.

"These days physical turnout doesn't really matter," Kaller told amNewYork.
"Advance bids come in by fax or email or phone, and during the sale bidders [who have made arrangements in advance] often compete online or by placing phone bids."

At last year's Rarities auction, Kaller helped sell the Emancipation Proclamation for $2.1 million.

"There will probably be fewer than 20 or so people in the room, but hundreds of bidders will be participating in the Rarities sale as a whole. On the Declaration, I expect several bidders.”Kaller described the value of the rare newspaper edition of the Declaration as "even more 'original' than the National Archives' signed manuscript.” He explained that, unlike the document on display in Washington, D.C.,The Pennsylvania Evening Post edition echoes "the experience of everyday Americans as they read news of independence for the first time during that momentous July of 1776."

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