Two historical documents earlier pulled from a Sotheby's auction because of questions over their ownership are returning to the auction block. The two printed handbills, or broadsides, that helped spread news of the Texas Revolution were among four items pulled by the auction house this summer after concerns that they may have been stolen from Texas state archives years earlier.
State archivist Chris LaPlante said in Monday's online edition of The Dallas Morning News that the state can't prove the copies are the same ones that disappeared. One of the broadsides cleared for sale is a copy of William Barret Travis' famous "Victory or Death" plea from the Alamo, which has an estimated value of $250,000 to $350,000. The other, a message delivering news of the loss at the Alamo, is expected to bring $50,000 to $75,000.
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