First The NYT Co. Sells The Red Sox, Then The Declaration Of Independence

A Fourth of July Twofer:

As the hardworking staff noted last week, the cash-strapped New York Times Co. unloaded half its interest in the Boston Red Sox for a sizable profit.

Now this, from The New York Times Store:

OWN THIS NATIONAL TREASURE

ORIGINAL JULY 1776 DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE BROADSIDE

The New York Times Store, in collaboration with The Caren Archive, is proud to offer one of the most important documents in American history.


This rare version of the Declaration of Independence was actually printed before the founding fathers signed their historic manuscript in Philadelphia.

This extraordinary antique broadside was printed between July 13-15, 1776, in Salem, Mass., by Ezekiel Russell.  Such large printed documents in the 18th century were used to communicate the most spectacular news.

Only six copies of this original are known to exist and four of them are already in public institutions.

Even the Library of Congress does not own this rare printing of the Declaration of Independence.

Measuring 13 ¾” x 16 ¾”, it is in excellent condition because it was printed on handmade rag paper, not acidic wood pulp.

Every single letter was handmade and handset type.

From March through June of this year, this very Declaration of Independence was on display at the renowned National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Price: $1.6 million

Seriously.

CNN has this interview with Jim Mones, Director of The New York Times Photo Archives and The New York Times Store.

Sign of the (New York) Times: There’s more to come.

Mones to CNN:

This is the first in a series of one-of-a-kind historical treasures we’re selling in The New York Times Store.  We have found that the Store attracts many collectors and history lovers, so we’re launching a collection of rarities – the best of the best.

So – from recording history to peddling history. Long strange trip, eh?

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8 Responses to First The NYT Co. Sells The Red Sox, Then The Declaration Of Independence

  1. Steve Stein says:

    John Lennon’s original lyrics to “A Day in the Life” sold for $1.2M a year ago. $1.6M sounds incredibly cheap. It’ll probably go for double that easily – though the recession goes on for the little people, the very rich are making obscene amounts of money these days. They have to spend it somewhere.

    • Al says:

      Do you mean they don’t invest it in businesses, leading to more jobs? I’m shocked! Whoever would have thought that those premium tax cuts they got would be for frills and fun, and not investments improving the economy? Trickle down anyone?

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    I doubt if they will give Sotheby’s much competition.

  3. Laurence Glavin says:

    One of the Koch brothers just paid $2,000,000 for a photo of Billy the Kid. The auctioneers thought it might go for 400K, but if you have BILLIONS in your bank account, why sweat the small stuff?

  4. arafat kazi says:

    Looks like the paywall’s doing great so far.

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