Magna Carta to be Bought, Branded With Asterisk

This post, written by Wolfrum, originally appeared on Shakesville

When fashion designer Marc Ecko purchased the ball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th home run, he created an online poll and let the public decide what he should do with the ball he bought for more than $750,000.

The end result - Ecko will mark the ball with a large asterisk then send it to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. The asterisk is a sign of protest by the many fans who believe Bonds' achievement is tainted due to rumors and allegations of steroid abuse by the San Francisco Giants slugger.

This idea appears to have crossed over, as now a historic document appears ready to go through the same treatment.

H. Ross Perot, billionaire and former candidate for President, has announced he will auction off his copy of the Magna Carta. The 13th century document, which was on display at the National Archives in Washington for more than 20 years.

The document explicitly protected certain rights of the king's subjects -- most notably the right of Habeas Corpus, meaning that they had rights against unlawful imprisonment.

The copy is expected to fetch a price of up to $30 million at auction. Nonetheless, several potential buyers have come forward saying they plan on "Bondsifying" the document with a large asterisk before donating it back to the National Archives.
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