CHICAGO (AP) — A Thanksgiving Day proclamation signed by President George Washington is coming to Chicago.
Christie's, the auction house, announced Thursday it will display the proclamation at its office in the John Hancock Center on Michigan Avenue. In the proclamation dated Oct. 3, 1789, Washington recommends Nov. 26 be a "day of public thanksgiving and prayer."
Christie's spokeswoman Sung-Hee Park says there is only one other known copy of the proclamation, and it's housed in the Library of Congress.
She says the proclamation on display was sold at auction by Christie's in 1977 for $3,800. That is a fraction of the $8 million to $12 million it is expected to sell for when it is auctioned next month in New York.
The proclamation will be displayed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.