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George Washington Items Bring More than $167,000

Saturday, 21 May 2011 04:20 PM

 

DALLAS (AP) — George Washington's compass and an assortment of other personal items, including pieces of his coffin, have sold at auction for more than $167,000.

The items passed down through generations of Washington's family were among hundreds relating to the nation's first president offered for sale Saturday by Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

The top lot was the first president's compass, which fetched $59,750, and a 24-inch wooden ruler that was a precursor to the slide rule that brought nearly $42,000.

Several pieces of Washington's original coffin brought more than $12,000 total. His body was placed in a marble sarcophagus in 1837.

While items related to Washington aren't rare, experts say it is unusual to have pieces up for auction that had been kept in the family for so long.

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