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Imagine going to a thrift store and spending a couple of bucks on an item that turns out to be worth six figures. Meet Michael Sparks, a Nashville music equipment technician.
A rolled-up document he happened upon last March at the Music City Thrift Shop and paid less than $3 for turned out to be a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence. It might fetch $250,000 at auction.
"I saw that it said 1823, and I knew that the declaration was 1776, and I was just interested," said Sparks. He researched the piece and determined it was one of 200 copies commissioned in 1820. Sparks' copy was printed in 1823.