Sale of Lincoln Memorabilia Tops Pre-Sale Estimates

A collection of items once connected to President Abraham Lincoln were sold at auction for nearly $300,000 last week at Swann Galleries in Manhattan.

The collection which contained paintings, books, and documents was auctioned off for Harold Holzer, an award-winning historian who serves as director of Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.  

Holzer, a prominent Abraham Lincoln scholar who is best known for his books on the Civil War and the 16th President of the United States put his impressive memorabilia collection together over the many years he spent researching the man.

Out of the hundreds of items sold at auction the top money earner was an 1860 painting of Lincoln that depicts the president before he grew his famous beard.  According to an article published in the New York Daily News, that painting sold for $40,000.

The final tally of the auction was $299,995 which easily beat the pre-sale estimate of $158,000 to $236,000.

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