British researchers recently announced the discovery of an original copy of the United States’ Declaration of Independence. A spokeswoman at the National Archives, said a researcher accidentally discovered the "Dunlap print," named after a printer, several months ago. The last Dunlap print to be found was sold at an auction for $8.14 million in 2000.
The prints, known collectively as the Dunlap Broadside, were the first copies of the Declaration of Independence. They were printed by John Dunlap of Philadelphia and distributed to political and military leaders, including George Washington, and dispatched throughout the colonies to be read to the public.
National Archives officials said they weren’t sure how the Declaration of Independence copy ended up there.