Declaration Signer's Letter Sold for Record $440,000

From Associated Press

A letter written July 4, 1776, by a signer of the Declaration of Independence was sold at auction Wednesday for $440,000, setting world records for any letter and for an American autograph, Christie's auction house reported.

The letter signed by Caesar Rodney of Delaware was purchased by Chicago book dealer Ralf Newman on behalf of a private client, the auction house said. The letter was part of the Estelle Doheny Collection of rare books and manuscripts from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, Calif.

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