Powder horn believed owned by Alexander Hamilton sold

Associated Press

Trenton, N.J. — A powder horn believed owned by Alexander Hamilton has sold for $115,620 at auction in New Jersey.

Hamilton played key roles in the founding of the United States and is now the focus of the blockbuster hip-hop Broadway musical, “Hamilton.”

Bidding at Sterling Associates in Closter started at $10,000 Monday on what would have been Hamilton’s birthday. Auction house owner Steven D’Atri says the buyer did not want to be identified.

A New Jersey dentist had owned it.

The powder horn is inscribed with Hamilton’s name and 1773, the year in which the child born out of wedlock in the Caribbean entered what today is Columbia University.

The nation’s first treasury secretary was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken in 1804.