Opera glasses believed to be Lincoln’s to be auctioned

Opera glasses believed to be Lincoln’s to be auctioned



The story goes that the opera glasses were found in the middle of Tenth Street after the mortally wounded Abraham Lincoln was carried from Ford’s Theatre to his deathbed in the Petersen House that April evening in 1865.

For generations, they were kept in the family of the Army officer who found them. In 1979, they sold at auction for $22,000, a record for a Lincoln artifact. In 2002, they sold again, for $424,000, another record.

Next week, the black and gold theater glasses Lincoln is believed to have used the night before his death are going back on the auction block, where experts think they could fetch as much as $700,000.

The glasses are part of a June 17 Sotheby’s auction in New York that will include pricey Civil War items such as a handwritten letter from Robert E. Lee discussing his resignation from the U.S. Army and a flag from the famous Confederate warship CSS Alabama.

The auction comes as the nation marks the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the war, and interest in the subject is high.

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