Wednesday, March 14, 2012
'Salem Witch Trials' Document Up for Auction
from ap: A document from the Salem witch trials is expected to fetch as much as $35,000 when it hits the auction block. The original court indictment of Margaret Scott, a Rowley widow in her 70s and one of the last people hanged during the 1692 hysteria in colonial Massachusetts, is part of a private collection of historical documents being sold Thursday at Swann Auction Galleries in New York. The pre-auction estimate is $25,000 to $35,000, but one local expert thinks that is too low. Richard Trask, the Danvers town archivist and a leading expert on the trials, tells The Salem News it's just the third time in a 50-year career he can recall a witchcraft document being sold. Nineteen people were hanged and one person was crushed to death during the trials.