Magna Carta sale brings more than US$21.3 million

An early copy of the Magna Carta, sold recently at auction, has brought over US$21 million. The documents was purchased by David Rubinstein, a founder of the Carlyle Group.

Previously owned by The Perot Foundation, one of the last known copies of the Magna Carta was auctioned by Sotheby's in New York December 18, 2007. "'I was determined to do what I could to see that the National Archives can continue to display this,' Mr. Rubenstein said, noting that the 1297 document was the basis for both the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence."