Signed Lincoln document sells for $2.2M at NYC auction
Nov. 05, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — An autographed manuscript written by President Abraham Lincoln just weeks before his assassination has sold for more than $2.2 million at a New York City auction.
Heritage Auctions says the document containing the final passage of Lincoln's famed second inaugural address sold Wednesday for more than twice its pre-sale estimate.
Lincoln's second inaugural address in early March 1865 contained the now famous-phrase, "With malice toward none; with charity for all." He wrote out his speech's final passage in 13 lines of text and signed it for the 10-year-old son of John Palmer Usher, a cabinet member.
Lincoln was assassinated six weeks later.
The document remained in the Usher family, which put it up for auction.
The Dallas-based auction house says the collector who bought the document requested to remain anonymous.