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Magna Carta, 'birth certificate of freedom', to stay in US

"The only copy of Magna Carta in private hands sold for $21.32 million (£10.6 million) this morning in the first auction of the 'birth certificate of freedom'.

The 1297 example, described as the most important document to come up for sale, was acquired by David Rubenstein, the founder of the Carlyle Group, at Sotheby’s in New York. He has paid $8,528 a word."

Mr Rubenstein, who pledged to put the document back on public view at the National Archives in Washington, thought it was crucial that Magna Carta stay in the United States.

It might interest Prime Minister Brown, who claims to admire the US even as he attacks the freedom of the British people, that America's founders saw Magna Carta as the inspiration of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.