The Poem that inspired the US national anthem sells for $506,500 dollars to an anonymous buyer. One of the most recognizable anthems in the world “The Star Spangled Banner”was adopted from a poem written by Francis Scott in September 1814.
Mr. Scott was inspired to write the poem after witnessing the battle against the British navy at Baltimore’s star shaped Fort McHenry.
The British bombarded Fort McHenry for 25 hours and realizing that they were not going to be able to destroy the fort the British withdrew.
After setting the poem to music publisher Thomas Carr hurried the song to print and the rest is American history. The Star Spangled Banner became the national of the United States in 1931.
The Star Spangled Banner , the poem was brought by an anonymous buyer at Christies New York auction house. Their are just 11 first editions copies of the poem in existence the recent sell is the only one in private hands.
The Star Spangled Banner – The poem
O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?