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Circa 1770s George Washington Handwritten Document
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,320.00
Ten-line handwritten sheet penned by George Washington (1732-99), first President of the United States. This partial document (9 x 3.5 inches) has been cut from a land deed. Of special note is the fact that this land deed is very likely for Washington's Mount Vernon home. The original document from which this was long ago cut was in very poor condition, though several sections of handwriting and ten separate Washington signature examples within its text were salvaged. The signature examples have been sold as individual cuts. The remaining fragments, of which this is one, are all that remain from the original document. While this piece does not feature a Washington signature, all of the black ink text is in his hand, thus offering collectors a rare and relatively affordable alternative to a signed document, while at the same time providing an example of Washington's handwriting that provides a degree of association equal to that of a signed document. Much smaller examples of Washington's handwriting from sections of documents, sometimes as little as a couple of words, are often used as the centerpieces of impressive framed displays which are aesthetically pleasing, yet very modest in cost compared to a Washington signed document or cut signature. This substantial document section displays beautifully as is, but could also provide a significant break value for the creation of such displays. The sheet is backed by rice paper and is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,320.00
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