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This Day in Georgia History

April 14, 2010

Gwinnett Signature Drew High Price

To view an image of a Button Gwinnett signature, see the Georgia Archives

One of the rarest signatures of a Georgian is that of Button Gwinnett. In a Sotheby’s auction in New York, this rarity was proven when a 1776 letter signed by Gwinnett sold for $722,500. Gwinnett was one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and experts say that there only 50 other documents of all types that bear his signature. The document that sold on April 14, 2010, was a letter dated July 12, 1776, to a clerk with respect to a ship under construction in Philadelphia. The letter was signed by a committee of the Continental Congress involved in naval affairs, on which Gwinnett served.