‘It was opportunistic in the best sense’: how the US constitution inspired an exhibition squib

After a frenzied auction, a rare first printing of the US constitution was lent to a museum in Arkansas where it’s led to an exhibition on democracy

They were eight tense minutes that Austen Barron Bailly will not forget in a hurry.

The scene: Sotheby’s auction room in New York. The bidders: Ken Griffin, a billionaire hedge fund manager, versus a group of 17,000 cryptocurrency enthusiasts from around the world. The prize: a rare first printing of the US constitution.

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