Declaration Of Independence Copy Could Fetch $1M In Potsdam Auct

Declaration Of Independence Copy Could Fetch $1M In Potsdam Auction

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Blanchard's in Potsdam auctions off just about everything you can imagine.

But on November 11, it will be auctioning off something owner Kip Blanchard says even he could not have imagined. A copy of the Declaration of  Independence will go on the block. It was printed just days after the colonies broke from England.

“This is definitely in a league of its own. In the last 10 or 15 years, I don't know of anything like it that's been sold at auction in upstate New York,” said Kip Blanchard, owner Blanchard's Auction Service.

Hundreds of copies were printed up by New York printer John Holt and distributed throughout the colonies. Only five survive.

The one to be auctioned at Blanchard's was delivered to Col. David Mulford to rally his troops in the Revolutionary War.

There is another fascinating part to this story. The owner of this Declaration, a longtime St. Lawrence County resident, is a direct descendant of Col. David Mulford. The Declaration has been in her family for 241 years.

Kip Blanchard's first glimpse of it was eight years ago. The owner kept it in a desk drawer. But it wasn't until recently she decided to part with it.

The document, along with others to be auctioned, now sit in a bank vault somewhere in Potsdam. They have been fully vetted by a historian for authenticity.

“Everything checked out. Everything was great. And all the news was good,” said Blanchard.

The auction has already attracted attention from the New York Times and Blanchard said television networks have been calling.

It is estimated it could fetch up to $1 million. More information, including an auction catalog, can be obtained by contacting Blanchard's.

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