Mary Lincoln Asylum Sign-in Sheet

Value (2013) | $20,000 Auction$30,000 Auction

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.

Okay, great, thank you so much.

Thank you for coming down.

Appraisal Details

New York, NY
Value Update (2013)
$20,000 Auction$30,000 Auction
Appraised value (2007)
$8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
Louisville, KY (July 28, 2007)
19th Century
December 23, 2013: We contacted appraiser Richard Austin for an updated appraisal in today's market. The value has increased because the interest in Abraham and Mary Lincoln has grown.

Current Appraised Value: $20,000 - $30,000 (Unchanged)

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