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Rare Presidential, Historical Artifacts Go to Auction

Artifacts and paintings related to the earliest days of the American presidency until modern times, are slated to be sold to the highest bidder by Christie's, the famed auction house in New York. The items were showcased ahead of the sale in a Washington, D.C. exhibit entitled “Washington to Warhol: The Presidency in Art.”
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Thomas Jefferson's China service, circa 1790 (VOA/J. Taboh)
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Thomas Jefferson's China service, circa 1790 (VOA/J. Taboh)

This porcelain which was made to order in China for President George Washington and his wife Martha. This one plate is expected to sell at auction for between $25,000 and $40,000. (VOA/J. Taboh)
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This porcelain which was made to order in China for President George Washington and his wife Martha. This one plate is expected to sell at auction for between $25,000 and $40,000. (VOA/J. Taboh)

The original draft of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" written by Julia Ward Howe in November 1861.
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The original draft of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" written by Julia Ward Howe in November 1861.

A portrait of George Washington, painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1859, next to Roy Lichtenstein’s "Forms in Space," from 1985. (VOA/J. Taboh)
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A portrait of George Washington, painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1859, next to Roy Lichtenstein’s "Forms in Space," from 1985. (VOA/J. Taboh)

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