George Washington's Copy of the Constitution

President George Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights was recently auctioned at Christie’s in… read more

President George Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights was recently auctioned at Christie’s in New York City for $9.8 million, the most ever paid for an American printed book or manuscript. The 1789 book contains brackets and notes in the margins written by Washington himself to mark the powers of the executive branch. American History TV recorded the auction, took a close look at the book, and interviewed specialists at Christie’s and at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the successful bidder at the auction. close

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  • Ann Bookout Regent Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
  • Carol Borchert Cadou Senior Curator and V.P. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, & Gardens->Collections
  • Chris Coover Senior Specialist New York
  • John A. Hays Deputy Chairman New York
  • Stewart McLaurin Vice President George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, & Gardens->Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
  • Francis Wahlgren International Head New York
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Program ID:
306894-1
Category:
Vignette
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Location:
New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
Aug 12, 2012
Last Aired:
Feb 17, 2014

Airing Details

  • Aug 12, 2012 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 12, 2012 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 12, 2012 | 10:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 18, 2012 | 2:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 19, 2012 | 2:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 03, 2012 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 03, 2012 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 04, 2012 | 4:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 16, 2012 | 8:02am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 31, 2012 | 7:30pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 01, 2013 | 7:30am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 15, 2013 | 6:12am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 17, 2014 | 9:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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