Magna Carta Returned to the National Archives

The only Magna Carta permanently in the United States will return to public display in the West Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives beginning Wednesday, March 12, 2008. The Magna Carta had been on display at the National Archives on loan from H. Ross Perot for more than 20 years. Last fall, Perot took back the copy and put it up for auction. In December 2007, it was purchased by financier David M. Rubenstein for $21.3 million. He has put the document on “permanent loan” to the National Archives. Only four originals of the 1297 Magna Carta remain.