Top 10: Abraham Lincoln memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:27:32

Honourable mention: Wedding present - $71,700

Abraham Lincoln bought a wedding gift for his fiancée in 1841, a blue enamel diamond-studded, 18-karat gold timepiece with an inscription. He broke off the engagement and gave the watch to a friend. Despite the fact he did marry Mary Todd later on, she never saw the watch.

Sold for $71,700 at Heritage Auctions in February 2006.

10) Inkstand - $80,662

Abraham Lincoln’s wooden inkstand with two glass inkwells.

Sold for $80,662 at Heritage Auctions in November 2008.

9) Folding brass dividers - $83,650

A pair of brass folding dividers, owned by Lincoln and used by him during the civil war to trace distances on maps.

Sold for $83,650 at Heritage Auctions in November 2008.


8) Signed photograph - $90,750

Boldly signed 1863 Lincoln carte-de-visite portrait photograph by Alexander Gardner, showing Lincoln seated at a table, with a paper in one hand and his glasses in the other hand.

Sold for $90,750 at RR Auction in March 2012.

7) Spectacles - $179,250

A pair of adjustable spectacles that belonged to Abraham Lincoln.

Sold for $179,250 at Heritage Auctions in November 2008.

6) Signed beardless photograph - $180,000

An early albumen photograph of Lincoln, minus his famous beard and signed by him. Taken at the time of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Sold for $180,000 at Profiles in History in July 2008.

5) Inaugural speech - $1,320,000

Handwritten speech signed by Lincoln, part of his second inaugural address. Delivered a month before his assassination, in March 1865. Includes the famous words: ‘With malice towards none; with charity for all’.

Sold for $1,320,000 at Christie’s in November 1992.

4) Last speech - $3,086,000

Handwritten manuscript of Lincoln’s last address as President, delivered from the Whitehouse on April 11, 1865.

Sold for $3,086,000 at Christie’s in March 2002.

3) Slave children letter - $3,401,000

A handwritten letter from Lincoln to Mrs Horace (Mary Tyler Peabody) Mann, discussing a petition from young people to the President, imploring him to free slave children. Dated 1864.

Sold for $3,401,000 at Sotheby’s in April 2008.

2) Election speech - $3,442,500

A handwritten script of Abraham Lincoln’s election victory speech, delivered in Washington on November 10 1864.
Sold for $3,442,500 at Christie’s in February 2009.

1) Emancipation proclamation - $3,778,500

Copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all American slaves including in the states still rebelling against the Union during the Civil War. Signed by Lincoln.

Sold for $3,778,500 at Sotheby’s in December 2010. Another example sold for $2.1 million at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in June 2012.


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