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President George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of the first Congress (AP/Alex Brandon)

President George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of the first Congress (AP/Alex Brandon)

President George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of the first Congress (AP/Alex Brandon)

A book once owned by George Washington, containing his annotated copy of the US Constitution, has sold for nearly 10 million dollars (£6.4 million) at a New York auction.

A spokesman for Christie's auction house said the price sets a new world record for a historical document.

Christie's said the bidder was a representative of the non-profit educational organisation that operates the museum at Washington's Virginia home.

The 223-year-old book has President of the United States on the cover and also contains a copy of the Bill of Rights.

Washington added brackets and notes that highlighted key passages about the responsibility of the President.

It sold for 9.8 million dollars (£6.3 million) to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union.

The book will be returned to the library at Mount Vernon.

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