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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_fe_st/declaration_copy;_ylt=Ak3Z3kqwksiZhoXffozmwLntiBIF

A rare, 184-year-old copy of the Declaration of Independence found by a bargain hunter at a Nashville thrift shop is being valued by experts at about 100,000 times the $2.48 purchase price.
Michael Sparks, a music equipment technician, is selling the document in an auction March 22nd at Raynors' Historical Collectible Auctions in Burlington, North Carolina. The opening bid is $125,000 and appraisers have estimated it could sell for nearly twice that.
Sparks found his bargain last March while browsing at Music City Thrift Shop in Nashville. When he asked the price on a yellowed, shellacked, rolled-up document, the clerk marked it at $2.48.
It turned out to be an "official copy" of the Declaration of Independence — one of 200 commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820.
He didn't know he had such a valuable piece until doing some online research and then having appraisers at Raynors' offer an opinion.
 

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What a find! I am very happy for the guy. I love history, and thrift stores too.
 

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I wish I had that kind of luck, geesh I am jealous.
 

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How cool is THAT!
 

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You know what they say girls "one man's trash is another man's treasure.":cloud9: That sure would make my day or my week and even maybe my year.
 

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I want to find something worth at least $125,000 at my thrift store too. :)
 

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That's amazing that it ended up in a thrift store without anyone ever realizing how valuable it was. That is one lucky guy!


--Michelle
 

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I once bought a rather collectible art book at a garage sale for 75c and sold it through ebay for over $100.
 

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I saw this on the Today Show this morning. I thought "what a lucky guy!"
 

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Holy Moly!!! I wish i could find something like that at my thrift store.
 
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