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February 13th, 2009
Lincoln Manuscript Sets New Auction Record

On Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Christie’s auction house in New York announced that a handwritten, autographed manuscript of the president’s 1864 victory speech sold for $3.44 million — the highest ever paid for any American historical document. Lincoln delivered the speech on the evening of November 10, 1964, two days after he was elected to his second term in office. View the document and more about its history. The winning bidder for the document remains anonymous.

The previous record was also held by another Lincoln document, which sold for $3.4 million in 2008.

  • David Quinlan

    Dear Sirs,
    I am from the home town of Francis B. Carpenter, William osborn Stoddard and Eli De Voe the man who helped thwart the first assassination attempt on Lincoln. The Town of Dryden less that ten miles from Homer where I come from had this speech for many years the Southworth Library. They also have some early Carpenter paintings in there holdings. We are all proud in this community to have so many connections to Lincoln’s legacy nearby. In 2008 I tried to get The Southworth Library to show Harold Holzer the speech but they would not do so. We tried to get the speech on exhibition for our ALBC endorsed event and Lincoln celebration in Homer, NY for May 2009. I advised the people in Dryden to keep it and not sell until Lincoln’s Bicentennial year they did well to take my advice.

    David Quinlan

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