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In 2006, Michael Sparks went to a thrift store and bought a candle-holder, a set of salt and pepper shakers, and a yellowed print of the Declaration of Independence for $2.48. Shortly afterwards, he began wondering whether the paper might be older than he thought at first. After searching the Internet he realized he now owned one of only 200 official copies (only 35 of which had previously been found intact) of the Declaration of Independence commissioned in 1820 by John Quincy Adams. He sold the document for $477,650.
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