Abraham Lincoln’s Potential Last Photo He Ever Signed Estimated To Sell For Over $100,000

The last potential photo former President Abraham Lincoln ever signed is now up for auction. The photograph, which Lincoln autographed three weeks before his death, has already reached $30,000 in the University Archives auction.

Abraham Lincoln signed photograph
Abraham Lincoln signed photograph. (credit: University Archives)

It’s estimated to fetch between $100,000-$150,000.

“Carte-de-visite portrait photograph signed ‘A. Lincoln’ as President, taken at Mathew Brady’s Gallery, Washington, D.C., February 9, 1864. Verso with interesting contemporary ink inscription (partly cropped away): ‘[The President’s photograph] was procured for L.E. Sle[?] by Wm. Slade, confidential messenger to his Excellency. March 25th 1865.’ The photograph is mounted on card, neatly trimmed to the edges of the print; even age toning throughout. PSA graded Gem MT 10 with an accompanying Letter of Authenticity, encapsulated to the overall size of 3″ x 5.5″,” University Archives writes in the description lot.

Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died from his wounds the next morning in the Peterson House near the theater.

Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.

“While Lincoln obligingly affixed his signature to a significant number of carte-de-visite photographs during his presidency, he is not known to have dated any of these. The present example, with a particularly large, clear signature, is unusual in that it carries an inscription on the verso — probably by the original owner — that specifies it being signed on 24 March 1865, only three weeks before Lincoln’s death at the hands of an assassin,” writes University Archives.

The signed Lincoln photo previously sold at Christie’s in December 2005 for $57,600.

Bidding for the autographed photo ends June 26. Click here for more information.

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