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manuscript of the president’s 1864 victory speech sold for $3.44 million — the highest ever paid for any American historical document.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.