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TWO DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT LINCOLN SOLD FOR 4,5 MILLION USD
30 May 2016
Category : MARKET

Two documents signed by Abraham Lincoln in his drive to abolish slavery in the 19th century have sold for more than $4.5 million at Sotheby's on May 25, 2016 in New York. 

Limited edition copies of the Emancipation Proclamation delivered on January 1, 1863 and the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery two years later, were issued by Lincoln who has been considered as the greatest US president.

The copy of the 13th amendment sold for $2.4 million, while the proclamation bought by a telephone bidder for $2.17 million.


Lincoln signed the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States, on February 1, 1865 after 70 years of discord over the status of slaves. 


The copy sold is one of 14 signed by Lincoln, his vice president, the speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax and  by 36 senators. 


The emancipation immediately enabled some 50,000 men, women and children to be set free while  the American Civil War, which started for the restoration of the Union, turned to become a mission  of liberation. 

Signed copies of the proclamation were advertised for $10 each in 1864 and sold to benefit the United States Sanitary Commission, considered a forbearer of both the Red Cross and the United Service Organization, Sotheby's said. 


The auction house said before the sale that the documents "represent crucial milestones" in American history and remain pertinent today amid renewed debate about racism in the United States. 


In 2009 at Christie's, a manuscript of a Lincoln speech urging the country to unite amid civil war sold in New York for $3.4 million, then a record for a US historical document. 


Last November, the final passage of Lincoln's second inaugural address, which he wrote out and signed for a 10-year-old child, a few weeks before he was assassinated in a theater in April 1865, sold in New York for $2.2 million. 



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