Hedge fund billionaire and GOP megadonator Ken Griffin secured a copy of the U.S. Constitution this week with a $ 43.2 million bid that beat out thousands of crypto users who banded together to acquire the extremely rare first print print.
The CEO of Citadel, who is also an art collector, plans to loan the document to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., A free museum founded by philanthropist and Walmart heiress Alice Walton. Citadel confirmed Griffin made the winning bid at Sotheby’s auction on Thursday. Sotheby’s said it has set a world auction record for any book, manuscript, historical document or printed text.
“The US Constitution is a sacred document that enshrines the rights of every American and all who aspire to be,” Griffin said in a statement. “That is why I intend to make this copy of our Constitution available to all Americans and visitors so that they can view and enjoy it in our museums and other public spaces.”