George Washington’s personal copy of the US constitution has sold for almost $10m at Christie’s auction house in New York.
The book, with the first president’s own annotations, was printed in 1789 – his first year in office.
The new owner is the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which paid a final price of $9,826,500.
Spokesperson Ann Bookout said the private, non-profit group was ”thrilled” with the ”extraordinary book” and planned to display it in a new library.
Auctioneer John Hayes said George Washington’s popularity popularity was not in doubt.
”Whether it’s a book or his pistols or a painting, George Washington is still the man,” he said.