Washington's copy of Constitution goes on display

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US Constitution on display at National Archives, Washington DC

US Constitution on display at National Archives, Washington DC (AP photo)

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) – After buying it at auction for nearly $10 million, George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is displaying the Founding Father’s annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association paid $9.8 million this summer to obtain the book, which has “President of the United States” on the cover. It also has handwritten notes and brackets by Washington around key passages outlining the president’s responsibilities. The auction price broke records for an American historical document.

Also going on display at the estate’s museum is Washington’s first draft of the Constitution, on loan from the National Archives. The items will be on display starting Monday at noon and through Washington’s birthday in February.

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