A lottery ticket signed by John Hancock and sold to raise money to rebuild Boston's Faneuil (FAN'-yul) Hall after a fire in 1761 has been auctioned for nearly $9,700.
Bobby Livingston of RR Auction in Amherst, N.H., said Thursday that a collector from Houston bought the ticket during an auction that closed Wednesday night.
The ticket bears Hancock's flamboyant signature at the bottom and is dated June 1765.
Livingston says Hancock signed the ticked as one of Boston's five selectmen.
Money raised from the lottery helped quickly rebuild Faneuil Hall in time to host Samuel Adams and others to stir a rebellion that would ultimately end British rule.
The ticket is one of few that survive.
- Bobby Livingston
- John Hancock