Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Copy Of Magna Carta Sells For $21.3 Million


A rare copy of the Magna Carta has been sold for $21.3m (£10.6m) in an auction at Sotheby's in New York.

The copy dating from 1297, one of only 17 still in existence, was bought by US businessman David Rubenstein.

The auction item had been owned by American billionaire Ross Perot's Perot Foundation since 1984 and was on view at the National Archives in Washington.

The original Magna Carta was sealed by King John of England in 1215 and enshrined civil rights in English law. more

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