The boon in quality Americana continues with Heritage Auction Galleries auction of the Henry Luhrs Collection and the Lincoln Library Collection collecting more than $3.2 million on Feb. 21-22. The final dollar amount is growing day by day thanks to post-auction sales.
The auction was held in Dallas in conjunction with a simulcast in New York City. The quality of the Henry Luhrs collection welcomed 125 first-time bidders who each spent $1,000 or more. Collectors of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia drove prices to skyscraper heights.
The jewel was a letter signed by President-elect Abraham Lincoln to Pennsylvania Gov. Andrew Gregg Curtin, advising him to address the growing secession crisis in his inaugural speech. The “Confidential” Springfield, Ill., letter of Dec. 21, 1860, advises Curtin “to express, without passion, threat, or appearance of boasting, but nevertheless, with firmness, the purpose of yourself and your state to maintain the Union at all hazards.” The letter sold for $131,450.
One of the auction’s most watched pieces was a gold watch Lincoln bought for his future wife Mary Todd. The diamond crusted, gold and blue-enameled watch sold for $71,700. An important collection of letters and documents signed by all 55 delegates to the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787 realized $83.650.
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