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    FORT CARSON, CO - AUGUST 29: A U.S. Army soldier salutes during the national anthem as soldiers return home from Iraq on August 29, 2009 in Fort Carson, Colorado. The last main body, some 314 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, returned home after a year deployment in Iraq. As American forces complete their deployments, the U.S. presence in Iraq continues to decrease as part of the drawdown of American forces after more than 6 years war in Iraq. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    An 1814 first edition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is heading for the auction block in New York City. It's estimated to go for $200,000 to $300,000 at the sale early next month.

     

    Christie's auction house says it's the only known copy in private hands and one of only 11 first-edition copies known to exist. The others are in institutions or university libraries. The auction is scheduled for Dec. 3.

    Francis Scott Key wrote a first draft of the poem in September 1814 after witnessing the British bombard Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

    The poem was then set to music and publisher Thomas Carr rushed the song to print, resulting in typos and Key's name being omitted. The first edition also called it "A Patriotic Song." The song wasn't officially recognized as the national anthem until 1931.