Results: Two Centuries of American History achieved a total of $6,183,250, well above the low estimate, and was 92.1% sold by value. The auction attracted a wide range of participants, with the top eleven lots being purchased by ten different bidders. The $2,410,000 price for a manuscript copy of the Thirteenth Amendment signed by President Lincoln set a new auction record for that document, while the $2,170,000 bid for the Authorized Edition of the Emancipation Proclamation was the highest auction price for that document apart from the copy that had belonged to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, which we sold in 2010.
Auction Details: Ranging from a 1768 document protesting taxation without representation signed by John Hancock to a 1968 autograph letter draft by Ronald Reagan stating that he will not "present myself as a candidate" for the presidency, our sale of Two Centuries of American History offers primary documents written by some of the greatest figures of last two hundred years of American history. While the auction is particularly rich in material relating to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, scarce manuscripts and publications from both colonial times and the twentieth century are also prominently featured.