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Did You Miss Your First Chance? Pony Up $20M - $30M, And Buy The Magna Carta

Save your shekels and by December 10 be prepared to spend up to a mere $30 million to own the "most important document on Earth" - the Magna Carta.  Latin for Great Charter, it was written in 1215 and confirmed into English law by the end of the century, it mandated the King of England to cede certain (shall we say inalienable?) rights to citizens. 

Among many other things, it confirmed the writ of habeas corpus.  It is the document considered largely the basis for our own Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  But, it's not the only one.  There are allegedly only four copies extant:  two in Britain, one in Australia and one here. 

That is, until you find one at a garage sale for $1.59.

Can't afford the price tag for the real one?  You can have your very own, readable copy here.  Otherwise, you'll need to head over to the National Archives, where this copy is presently on display, in the next two months. 

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