The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 12, 2000, Page 10, Image 10

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    Declaration for sale in Web auction
NEW YORK (AP) - When in the
course of human events, someone
wants to sell his copy of the
Declaration of Independence, we hold
these truths to be self-evident: It could
go for millions.
A 1776 copy of the Declaration, in
near-mint condition, will be offered on
Sotheby’s new Web site,, in late spring, the auc
tion house announced Tuesday in a
lull-page ad in The New York Times.
The copy went on display on the
Web site and at Sotheby’s New York
gallery on Tuesday. It’s one of 25
known to survive, and one of four in
private hands. The remaining copies
are in museums or public institutions.
Sotheby’s said the copy may be the
last one to come up for sale because the
other private owners plan to donate
theirs to museums. It’s expected to
fetch between $4 million and $6 mil
lion, which would be a record for a his
toric document sold online, Sotheby’s
The copy was discovered by an
amateur collector in 1989, hidden
behind a torn painting that the collector
bought for its frame for $4 at a flea
market in Adamstown, Pa.
Hundreds of copies of the
Declaration of Independence were
printed in Philadelphia on July 4,1776,
and sent to the 13 colonies proclaiming
their independence from Great Britain.
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Local gallery exhibits
artists’ideas of future
LOCAL from page 9
gallery “code of conduct” can be left
at the door because Noyes provides a
laid-back atmosphere.
She encourages people to come
and look because “everyone wants
something beautiful in their life.”
“Our gallery is user-friendly. You
can come in and have a cup of coffee,
hang out and look at things,” Noyes
said. “It’s very different than a muse
um. Here you can actually touch and
hold things.”
The variety of works by numer
ous artists is all for sale, Noyes said.
“We donJt have two artists in our
gallery that do the same thing,” she
“If someone comes into this
gallery, we probably have something
they like.”
Connie Jo Gay, who has had work
on display at the gallery since July,
said working at Noyes keeps an artist
busy at all times.
“Since the museum features
something new every month, we
must always be working and devel
oping,” Gay said.
At the end of January, “The
Future” will be over, and work by
members of the Nebraska Bead
Society will be on display as the fea
ture exhibit.
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Hollywood Walk of Fame
welcomes ‘The Simpsons ’
(AP) - “Overachiever” is hardly
the word that comes to mind when
you think of Homer Simpson, but
let’s give the guy a little credit. After
all, he did clinch a number of awards
at his high school reunion, including
oldest car, most weight gained, most
tiair lost, lowest-paying job and most
improved odor.
Homer may not be a big success
in his world, but he’s a runaway hit in
ours. Now the longest-running prime
:ime entertainment show still on TV,
‘The Simpsons” celebrates 10 years
an the air this Friday with a bash that
includes getting a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It’s hard to imagine that a decade
igo parents were furious about the
nessage the incorrigible, wisecrack
ng Bart was sending their kids.
The show’s first regular season
aegan Jan. 14, 1990. Since then, the
Simpsons and their screwball (but
let’s face it, all-too familiar) approacl
to life have done much more thai
make animated shows safe for think
ing people again.
Even people who work for th<
show are surprised it’s lasted so long
After all, creator Matt Groening wa:
best known for the brutal, angst-rid
den humor in his cartoon strip, “Lift
Is Hell.” Mother Jones magazine rar
a cover story at the time of the show’s
launch titled “TV Is Hell: Can Mat
Groening’s Subversive Humoi
Survive Prime Time?”
Barbara Bush called the show
“the dumbest thing” she ever saw.
Bush eventually came around, as
did many other viewers initially pui
off by the merciless satire of institu
tions like church, school, work anc
family. Not to mention Homer’s cele
bration of his own stupidity and his
seemingly inhuman appetite foi
donuts and beer.
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