George Washington Items Bring More than $167,000

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DALLAS (AP).- George Washington’s compass and an assortment of other personal items, including pieces of his coffin, sold at auction Saturday for more than $167,000. The items passed down through generations of Washington’s family were among hundreds related to the nation’s first president offered for sale by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. They were put up for auction by descendants of Washington’s brother Bushrod. The first president had no direct descendants. Nat Washington, a longtime state senator in Washington who died in 2007, had said in his will that he wanted the items sold. The top lot was George Washington’s compass, which fetched $59,750, and a Gunter’s Scale, a 24-inch wooden ruler that was a precursor to the slide rule, that brought nearly $42,000. Both items sold for more than expected. “The marvelous provenance of these pieces, having come straight from the descendants of Bushrod Washington