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Posted at 9:43 AM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Star-Spangled sheet music sets record

By Washington Post editors


A rare first edition of the sheet music for "The Star-Spangled Banner" sold for $506,500 at Christie's Auction House in New York Friday, The Baltimore Sun reports. The sale was double pre-auction estimates of its value and set a world auction record for sheet music.

The two-page piece of sheet music, published by a Baltimore printer in 1814, was sold to a private U.S. collector who asked to remain anonymous. It is one of only 11 copies of that first printing known to exist.

By Washington Post editors  | December 7, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
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