The AP reports that a letter written by George Washington to his nephew, Bushrod, (no, I’m not making that up – he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court – Uncle George must’ve been proud!) has sold for over $3.2 million dollars (that’s over 640 Mr. Madisons!).
Written in 1787, the letter more than tripled the previous record for a Washington-penned inked letter and now stands as the most expensive letter ever auctioned by an American President.
UVA‘s most famous alumni ever to wax poetically about ravens – Edgar Allen Poe, also earned a record for the highest auctioned 19th-century literary manuscript. The first eight verses of “For Annie” sold for over $830,000 (a mere 166 Mr. Madisons…).
“Tamerlane and other Poems“, Poe’s first book, sold for over $660,000 (you can do the math on this one) making it the highest auction-earning book of 19th-century poetry.