U.S. 'Declaration of Independence' to be auctioned in Britain

© RIA Novosti Михаил Фомичев


NEW YORK, December 4 (RIA Novosti) - The Declaration of Independence, one of the world's most historic documents, will go on Christie's auction on Friday.

The lot is one of the first written copies of the historic declaration, adopted unanimously on July 4, 1776 by all senators of the then existing 13 states.

It is a one-page copy made of parchment, which was evaluated under $500,000 for the auction.

The Declaration plays the central role of the 2004 Hollywood film "National Treasure," where the main character [Nicholas Cage] steals the document as he believes that it has secret clues to a treasure hidden by some of the 'Founding Fathers of the United States.'