New York

New York – On November 14, in a special single-lot evening sale, Christie’s New York is honored to offer a proclamation signed by George Washington on October 3, 1789 establishing the first federal Thanksgiving Day, called for the last Thursday of November (estimate: $8-12 million). This sale, which follows a national tour*, offers a unique opportunity to acquire a foundational document in the history of our great national tradition of Thanksgiving.

Excerpts of the Proclamation include:

  • By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation…


  • …both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer…


  • Now therefore do I recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being…That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for... the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge...




October 17–18

Christie’s Beverly Hills

9601 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 520

Beverly Hills, CA 90210


October 22

Harlan Crow Library

4700 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75205


October 24

Christie's Chicago

875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611


October 30

Massachusetts Historical Society

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215


November 4

The Jefferson

1200 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036


November 5

National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street, Independence Mall,

Philadelphia, PA 19106


November 8–14

Christie’s New York

20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in first half of 2017 that totalled £2.35 billion / $3 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.