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By Kerry Close
July 15, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 9: Eddie Papczun on a 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle in his store The Great Republic in Palmer's Alley in Washington  March 9, 2016.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 9: Eddie Papczun on a 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle in his store The Great Republic in Palmer's Alley in Washington March 9, 2016.
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If you have some cash to drop on a nice pen or obscure relic from the Founding Fathers, look no further than the marketplace at this year’s Republican National Convention.

It’s the first time the RNC has allowed outside vendors to sell their wares at the convention, and Washington D.C. businessman Eddie Papczun plans to take full advantage, the Washington Post reported. Among offerings from his business, The Great Republic, are a $48,5000 copy of the Declaration of Independence printed in 1818; a first-edition copy of The Federalist Papers for $225,000; and 18 fountain pens handmade with wood from the original White House, for $2,450 apiece.

Other vendors include Flags of Valor (which sells flags for between $99 and $399), clothier Vineyard Vines, chocolatiers and furniture makers.

“I really wanted to take items that are, well, kind of sexy, and create excitement about the history of the nation,” Papczun, told the Post. “Things that will make people go ‘wow.'” In addition to his pricier offerings, Papczun plans to sell campaign buttons for $20 and cufflinks and lapel pens for $50.

The price of Papczun’s relics pales in comparison to the cost of hosting the convention. This year’s RNC is expected to run the city of Cleveland $60 million, while Philadelphia will spend about $84 million to host the Democratic National Convention later this month, GoBankingRates reported. The upside, however, is that conventions typically bring about $150 million to $200 million into the economies of their host cities.

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