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The buyer, Chicago hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, will loan the document to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. Griffin, founder and CEO of multinational hedge fund Citadel, outbid a group of 17,000 cryptocurrency enthusiasts from around the world. “The U.S. Constitution is a sacred document that enshrines the rights of every American and all those who aspire to be,” Griffin said in a statement.

The document Griffin purchased at Thursday night’s auction was one of 13 known copies of the first printing of the Constitution. Crystal Bridges board chairperson Olivia Walton said, “We are honored to exhibit one of the most important documents in our nation's history from our location in the heartland of America.” The museum opened in 2011 and was founded by Alice Walton.

The previous auction record for a book or manuscript was set in 1994 when Bill Gates purchased the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie’s for $30.8 million. ConstitutionDAO tweeted Thursday night: “We were the first DAO Sothebys has ever worked with, but we’re sure we won’t be the last one”
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