Last Updated on 11/13/2007 by bidz

Should artifacts like Magna Carta be auctioned into the private domain?

Historical collectibles, such as Custer’s battle flag, are fetching huge prices on the auction market. But at what cost?

By Clayton Collins
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
November 9, 2007

“If you have a passion for world history, very deep pockets, and a “Mission Impossible”-grade alarm system, then you might already have imagined Magna Carta as a storied wall-hanging you could call your own.

Sotheby’s is set to auction one of fewer than 20 known original copies of the 2,500-word document – and among its earliest, dated 1297 – in New York in early December. It’s expected to fetch as much as $30 million.”

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