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Book buyer discovers historic value 5 years later

Published On: Jan 17 2013 11:38:04 AM CST
OSHKOSH, Wis. -

An Oshkosh woman who bought an old copy of "Les Miserables" at a library book sale years ago recently discovered its historic value.

Sarah Anderson tucked the book away after buying it for $3 in 2008 and pulled it off her shelf recently after seeing the new movie of the same name. Anderson said she discovered the book belonged to Gen. William Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway and spy in the Civil War.

Anderson got in touch with an archivist at the Colorado Pioneer Museum in Colorado who verified the book belonged to Palmer. She told WLUK-TV that she doesn't know the monetary value of the book and will donate it to the Colorado museum for its historic value.

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