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Someone pays $8,652 for a used Obama note

Obama Letter Auction 8-11

A handwritten letter from President Obama to some guy in Virginia has sold at auction for $8,652, according to a spokesman for Los Angeles auctioneer Nate D. Sanders.

Sam Heller reports this is a record price for an Obama letter by some $2,400.

The note was written on White House stationery to Tim Mullin of Lynchburg, Va., during the financially troubled days of 2009. Mullin sold it to a New York collector. It says:

Tim -- Thanks for your letter. I share your sentiments, and we are moving as quick as we can to restore some common sense to the financial system.

/s/ Barack Obama

The note might have brought an even gooder price had the president of the United States, a Harvard graduate, used proper grammar, saying "we are moving as quickly as we can" instead of "as quick as we can."

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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