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    Mary Lincoln Asylum Sign-in Sheet

    Appraised Value:

    $8,000 - $12,000 (2007)

    Updated Value:

    $20,000 - $30,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 28, 2007

    Appraised in: Louisville, Kentucky

    Appraised by: Richard Austin

    Category: Books & Manuscripts

    Episode Info: Finders Keepers (#1720)
    Louisville (#1213)

    Originally Aired: April 21, 2008

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    Form: Log
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $8,000 - $12,000 (2007)
    Updated Value: $20,000 - $30,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (0:53)

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    Appraised By:

    Richard Austin
    Books & Manuscripts

    Sotheby's

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: My great-grandfather ran Batavia, the Bellevue Sanitorium, and my mother grew up there as a child and found these papers in the basement. A lot of people know that Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's wife, became very depressed during his presidency and afterwards. What I didn't know is that she became so depressed that she was actually committed to an asylum by her son, Robert Todd. These are the papers showing her commitment. This is a transcript of the trial declaring her insane. This is a warrant for her arrest as declared insane. And here is the actual ledger from the asylum signing her in as a patient. It's a great archive, and because of the interest in Lincoln that's always present, I think if you put these up at auction with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000, you'd be pretty safe, and it'd be interesting to see what happens.

    GUEST: Okay, great, thank you so much.

    APPRAISER: Thank you for coming down.





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