A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence made for James Madison that survived the Civil War hidden behind wallpaper in Virginia was purchased last month by billionaire philanthropist David M. Rubenstein for “seven figures.”
The copy, made in the 1820s for Madison, fourth president of the United States, is one of 51 copies known to be in existence by scholars, The Washington Post reported.
“This is the closest … to the original Declaration, the way it looked when it was signed in August of 1776,” Seth Kaller, a New York rare-document appraiser who assisted in the sale, told the Post. “Without these … copies you wouldn’t even know what the original looked liked.”
Copies of the Declaration of Independence have been found in other unusual places.