A late 19th century fire engine weathervane that fetched $437,500 against an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 (pictured above);
A portrait by American folk artist William Matthew Prior featuring an unknown African-American sitter, which commanded $112,500 against an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000;
And what might be the most expensive cover letter sold at auction–a two-page letter, signed by John Hancock and dated July 6, 1776, announcing the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
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