Lincoln Photo

Lincoln photograph goes for record 85-thousand dollars at Los Angeles auction

A unique portrait of Abraham Lincoln has sold for a record 85-thousand dollars while a copy of Robert E. Lee's farewell address to his troops went for 70-thousand at a Los Angeles auction. The 16-inch-by-19-inch Lincoln portrait, taken by Alexander Gardner in 1863, is the only one known that shows the former president sitting in a chair with his head posed on his hand. It's considered a more human pose than many others. The Lee letter is one of perhaps 200 copies written by subordinates, but which Lee personally signed. The buyers at the November 23rd Bonhams & Butterfields auction were private and their identities were not disclosed. An expert says the two-page letter, formally known as General Order Number Nine, is one of the most collectible documents for Civil War buffs.