The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, May 30, 2015


Keno Auctions sells important Continental Congress document for $912,500
Livingston, Robert R. (1746–1813), and Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794) as Delegates to the Second Continental Congress, Manuscript document unsigned, Draft of “The Twelve Colonies by their Delegates in Congress to the Inhabitants of Great Britain” – July 1775Philadelphia, PA July 1775. Opening words “FRIENDS, COUNTRYMEN & BRETHEREN,” Draft written by Livingston with edits by Lee (1732–1794). 12 pages on 6 leaves (with writing on both sides of the paper), 24.5 x 31 cm.
NEW YORK, NY.- On January 26th, Keno Auctions of New York City sold a highly important and historically significant document entitled Letter from the Twelve United States Colonies, by their delegates in Congress to the Inhabitants of Great Britain. After heated competition between several phone bidders, the gavel dropped at $912,500 (including Buyer’s Premium), well above its presale auction estimate of $100,000 to $400,000. This document was long thought to be lost, but in July 2013 archivist Emilie Gruchow discovered it in the attic of the Morris-Jumel Mansion inside a folder of colonial doctor’s bills tucked away in a drawer. The document, penned by Robert R. Livingston, was a final plea for peace by the Continental Congress to the people of Great Britain to avoid the Revolutionary War. It was also a prelude to the Declaration of Independence, which Livingston helped draft with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin less than a year later. This working draft fundamentally changes our understanding of the final document which was printed in July 1775 and is complete with fascinating edits, including entire paragraphs crossed out and rewritten in the margins. Scholar Michael Hattem of Yale University stated, the document is “… the missing piece from the culminating moments in which the colonists began to think of themselves not as British subjects, but as American citizens”

The winning bid of $912,500 was from a private collector on the phone with manuscript specialist Seth Kaller. This price is the highest for any item auctioned off during Americana week 2014 in New York.

Leigh Keno, President of Keno Auctions, said, “I am elated that the manuscript did so well. All of the proceeds benefit one the finest museums in New York City. The board of the museum was here in the room when it sold, and they were thrilled. Carol Ward, President of The Morris- Jumel Mansion, said after the sale, “I am still in a state of shock. It was so beyond our expectations. This auction quadruples the size of our endowment and ensures that the mansion can serve the public for generations to come”.






Today's News

January 27, 2014

"Nautilus: Navigating Greece" at Bozar offers a survey of Greek culture and civilisation

National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates Judy Chicago with exhibition of works from the 1970s

Keno Auctions sells important Continental Congress document for $912,500

Recent analysis by archaeologists shows that the Olmec culture expanded as far as Guatemala

2014 at the British Library: The United Kingdom's biggest show of British comics

Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas announces major art gifts in 10th anniversary year

'Exceptional' blue diamond found in South Africa mine: Petra Diamonds company

Large survey exhibition of Japanese artist Nobuo Sekine on view at Blum & Poe

Mexican archaeologists find remains of nahuatl speaking Caxcan group in Zacatecas

First solo exhibition of French artist Davide Balula opens at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen

Aktis Gallery is exhibiting artists from as far afield as Russia, Japan and China at BRAFA

First major UK survey of Andy Warhol's 8 x 10" photographs opens at the Photographers' Gallery

The Fondation Gandur pour l'art publishes the first in a series of catalogues on its collections

Historic investiture establishes the Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Museum of Art

Exhibition of new works opens at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Now Showing: Carroll/Fletcher opens a group exhibition of artists' films

Photographer Ryan Russell to release "Continental Obscura"

Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation

Exceptionally restored Ferrari and racing Porsche set to shine at Bonhams Paris Sale

Guerrilla Girls invade Krannert Art Museum in January

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Sotheby's to sell one of Vilhelm Hammershøi's most beguiling interiors: 'Interior, Strandgade 30'

2.- German police find Hitler's lost horse sculptures that vanished the year Berlin Wall fell

3.- New Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education appointed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

4.- Chrysler Museum mourns passing of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Amy Brandt

5.- How Iraqi friar Najeeb Michaeel saved ancient Christian manuscripts from Islamic State

6.- Anish Kapoor sculpture 'Blood Mirror' surprises with surface and sound effects

7.- Sotheby's to offer the first painting to be sold from Cornelius Gurlitt's trove of art

8.- Descendants of art collector Peggy Guggenheim go head to head in a French appeals court

9.- Vandalized statues from parks, gardens and public spaces restored at Argentine 'hospital'

10.- Unique 17th century portrait by British artist Mary Beale discovered at McMaster Museum of Art



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site