National Geographic : 1942 Mar
© National Geographic Society Britain Entrusts Her Precious Magna Carta to America This Lincoln Cathedral copy, finest of the four originals of the document, was exhibited in the Library of Congress until war was declared. Now, along with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, it has been put in a safe place "for the duration." Washington's CostliestArt Treasure-the Alba Madonna Raphael's masterpiece, painted about 1510, once was owned bythe Russian Tsars, and cost the late Andrew W. Mellon more than $1,000,000. Here it hangs in the magnificent newNational Gallery ofArt, presented tothe United States by Mr. Mellon,together with his collection ofOldMasters.