Historical documents sell for $1.3M at NYC auction

Historical docuemnts auctioned off
In this photo taken Monday, March 31, 2014 a rare document signed by John Hancock is seen in tyhe basement of the New Hampshire Historical Society Concord, N.H. The society is spearheading a new project to digitize documents, photos, and artifacts from the state vaults to make them available online. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

NEW YORK (AP) – A sale of hundreds of historical documents collected by a New York-based archivist has fetched than $1.3 million, including a $257,000 winning bid for one of the earliest Boston newspaper printings of the Declaration of Independence.

Bonhams in Manhattan says Monday’s auction of 300 items from the Caren Archive brought a total of $1.37 million during a sale that attracted nearly 200 bidders from a dozen nations. The lots included newspapers, photographs, books and manuscripts from the 16th century through the 1960s.

Topping the sale was the $257,000 an unidentified bidder paid for The New-England Chronicle’s printing of the Declaration of Independence two weeks after it had been signed. Its presale estimate was up to $70,000.

The documents are part of the huge Westchester-based archive owned by Eric Caren.

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