Two items signed by Lincoln -- a book and a photo -- bring a combined $250,000 in an online auction
Eager bidders gave a tip of the top hat to Abraham Lincoln in University Archives' online auction held January 16th. Several historically significant lots pertaining to Honest Abe were offered in the sale, with two of them combining for $250,000.
By: University Archives
The sale's top earner was a copy of the book The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, by American author Washington Irving, with an ownership signature by Lincoln ($175,000). The book, which was formative to Lincoln's views on slavery, had been given to him by his brother-in-law, Ninian W. Edwards. Lincoln later presented it to his law partner, with an inscription.
The runner-up lot was also Lincoln related: a carte de visite photograph of the president, signed by him (as "A. Lincoln") and PSA graded Gem Mint 10 ($75,000). The photo had been found in the personal photo album (included in the lot) of the wife of Colonel Benjamin Rosson, whom Lincoln had personally thanked in his "Lincoln Log" in 1864 for service during the Civil War.
University Archives is always seeking quality consignments or items for outright purchase. The firm's next online-only auction is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 26, with a 10:30 am EST start time. Up to 100 percent cash advances are available for great items valued from $5,000 to $5 million.
Anyone who has a single item or a collection that may be a fit for a future University Archives auction may call Mr. Reznikoff at 203-454-0111, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The auction was packed with unique relics, photos, autographs, books and ephemera, to include 55 of the 56 Declaration of Independence signers (all except Button Gwinnett), plus presidential items (high-ticket Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and FDR).
Also offered were literary items (including five lots of Hemingway), music (the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and others), entertainment (Marilyn Monroe, Harry Houdini and others), and science (to include Edison, Einstein and Freud, with a special emphasis on psychology).
"Our blockbuster New Year's sale demonstrated the huge demand for high-quality historical documents among collectors,"
For more information, visit www.universityarchives.com.