We always hear stories about people who find rare, priceless items in relative's attics, but this one is certainly a show stopper!

How Many Copies Of The Declaration Of Independence Were Made?

There were only 201 copies of The Declaration of Independence made. Of those, only 48 are known to exist.

One of those copies was recently found by Cathy Marsden, just sitting in her attic in Scotland.

According to TMZ, Marsden was going through a few stacks of papers in her attic. Eventually, she came across a document that was folded in half.

When Marsden unfolded the document and saw what she thought she was seeing, she was floored.

Declaration of Independence Copy Up for Sale
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Marsden works for Lyon & Turnbull auction house, so she immediately took the document to her office to do some research in hopes of confirming what she thought she had found.

She had in fact found a genuine, extremely rare copy of The Declaration of Independence!

On July 1st, 2021 Marsden's copy of The Declaration of Independence hit the auction block at Freeman's Auction House in Philadelphia and sold for a whopping $4.42 million!

The winning bidder has chosen to remain anonymous.

US Independence
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The document commanded millions of dollars not only because of its rarity but also because of whom it originally belonged.

From  Lyon & Turnbull -

First presented to Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832), the last surviving signer of the original document, and later inscribed by his grandson-in-law John MacTavish (1787-1852), this rare document is the last of the six signers’ copies known to still be in private hands.


How amazing is it to have found this, and sold for over $4 million just three days before The 4th of July?

To be honest, I may have had to wait until after The 4th to sell it.

Read more from TMZ and Lyon & Turnbull.

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