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Salem witch trials document sells for $26,000

March 16, 2012
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SALEM, Mass.—A document from the Salem witch trials has sold for $26,000 at auction.

An undisclosed buyer on Thursday purchased the original court indictment of Margaret Scott, a Rowley widow in her 70s and one of the last people hanged during the 1692 hysteria in colonial Massachusetts, at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City.

Experts expected the document to sell for between $25,000 and $35,000.

Swann officials tell The Salem News (http://bit.ly/xLDoOH) it was the first original document from the witch trials to be offered at auction in about 30 years.

The manuscript was one of several hundred items from the Eric C. Caren Collection being sold.

Nineteen people were hanged and one person was crushed to death during the trials.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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