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Rare 'Star-Spangled Banner' Copy Heads To Auction

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Rare 'Star-Spangled Banner' Copy Heads To Auction

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Rare 'Star-Spangled Banner' Copy Heads To Auction

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An 1814 first edition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is heading for the auction block in New York City. Christie's auction house estimates it could be sold for up to $300,000 next month.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

In 1814, Francis Scott Key watched an overnight bombardment. British ships opened fire on Fort McHenry in Baltimore. The British failure inspired Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." A publisher rushed it into print. That first edition included typos and failed to include Key's name. But now it's a piece of history. Christie's auction house will be asking hundreds of thousands of dollars when it sells one of the 11 first editions next month.

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