Flea Market Find

Posted: 7/04/2008 by Floyd in Labels:

A shopper browsing through the market in New York bought a framed picture of a flower for $10 and found handwritten manuscript of "America" (My Country 'tis of Thee) tucked behind the picture, the manuscript's owner said Thursday. The manuscript of the song whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831 could be worth tens of thousands of dollars, said the owner, art collector Keya Morgan. He said he bought it from the flea market shopper, who has asked not to be identified. And they say I waste a lot of time at these big flea markets,well it only takes one good find to be set up for life and one nevers knows when that could occur. Happy Fourth of July.

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  1. Interesting that the "owner" or guy who buys the document is an expert in hand writing and authenticating historical documents...... The owner says the seller wants to remain anonymous so he doesn't have to verify his seller. Why would the seller (even if he's not an expert) immediately sell such an historical document of this song. Might Morgan have had the document through other not so legitimate circumstances and used the flower story to say " Look what I've just bought". The story just seems a little odd.

  1. Gran says:

    I think the flea markets are also lots of fun! Keep up the good work, Floyd, you never know.

  1. Floyd says:

    Thanks for the comment traveler12, exactly, it sounds a little weird for example; If I had been the seller, I would be muding up the waters and I would not just sit around and be anonymous.

    Hey Beth thanks for dropping by,yep, they are fun to look around at. Every time we go to these we kind of hope to find something expensive,that we don't have to pay a big price for.

  1. Gran says:

    My daughter-in-law's mom does the same thing, and she's always looking. good bargain hunting to you and yours!