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Rare Washington journal sells for $173K

Posted at 8:10 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 08:10:07-04
NEW YORK (AP) -- A rare newspaper printing of a journal George Washington wrote as a young man has been sold for $173,000 at a New York City auction.
 
The Maryland Gazette printing from March 1754 topped the presale price of $60,000 to $90,000 during Monday's auction at Bonhams.
 
An inscribed King James pocket Bible carried into the Battle of Bunker Hill by a Massachusetts soldier sold for $161,000, double its presale estimate.
 
Bonhams doesn't release information about buyers.
 
The items were among hundreds of historic documents being sold by collector Eric Caren, of Woodstock.
 
Washington was a then-22-year-old surveyor from Virginia when the Maryland newspaper published his journal detailing his failed effort during the winter of 1753-54 to persuade the French to withdraw from the Ohio River Valley.

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