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Harry S. Truman Signed Potsdam Proclamation

Original mimeographed period copy of the mechanically printed document, the Potsdam Proclamation, signed by President Harry Truman with Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek's names added in Truman's hand, dated July 26, 1945. Of note, the draft version as held by the Truman Library does not contain the date. This disregarded copy was collected by Secret Service Agent Elmer R. Hipsley, which was a customary procedure for unattended documents. It was hidden in an accompanying map of Berlin in a storage box until it was discovered while clearing out his estate. Copies of associated photographs and identification are shown in the lot as supporting documentation and a video of the event showing Agent Hipsley at the scene. Also included is a "Throughway Plan of Berlin", third edition, photolithographed by War Office, 1945. During World War II, the Potsdam Proclamation called for Japan's unconditional surrender and threatened "prompt and utter destruction" for noncompliance with the terms. The Proclamation was dismissed by the Japanese and the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima the following week. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $40.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. Please note we do not accept credit cards.

Provenance: Secret Service Agent Elmer R. Hipsley who was present with President Truman, thence by family descent. 

Condition:

Toning and small tears and losses at edges. Pinholes (possible staple holes) at upper and lower left edges. Witherells strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherells. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions.

Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$23,750
01/11/2017
 

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Auction Notes:

Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherells. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions.