February 23, 2007


Declaration of Independence for $2.48

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A rare, 184-year-old copy of the Declaration of Independence found by a bargain hunter at a Nashville thrift shop is being valued by experts at about 100,000 times the $2.48 purchase price.

Michael Sparks, a music equipment technician, is selling the document in an auction March 22nd at Raynors' Historical Collectible Auctions in Burlington, North Carolina. The opening bid is $125,000 and appraisers have estimated it could sell for nearly twice that.

Sparks found his bargain last March while browsing at Music City Thrift Shop in Nashville. When he asked the price on a yellowed, shellacked, rolled-up document, the clerk marked it at $2.48. [...]

A little known fact is that the copies were made on an IBM Selectric with a special ball that makes those long-esses that look life effs-- f.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at February 23, 2007 02:23 PM

Sigh. Why wasn't I out thrift shopping that day?

Posted by: Jordana at February 23, 2007 04:05 PM

House-shopping, probably.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 23, 2007 04:33 PM