Historic printed copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence, scores of which still could be tucked in attic trunks or folded between the pages of grandma's Bible, are among the hottest items on the rare Texana market. In fact, there may be hundreds or even thousands of copies still in existence.
Today, surviving copies likely would be yellowed, patched, dog-eared, and possibly peppered with brown age spots. But they would be worth far more than their weight in gold. Last June, the most recent copy offered for sale brought more than $600,000 at auction in New York City.
Experts say no one knows exactly how many original copies still might exist. Perhaps you should check that old trunk in the attic.
You can read more about this on the Houston Chronicle web site at http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3064432