RFK-owned Emancipation Proclamation goes for $3.7M
NEW YORK (AP) - A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed
by President Abraham Lincoln and purchased by Robert F. Kennedy has
sold for more than $3.7 million at a New York City auction.
Sotheby's says Friday's sale was more than double its maximum
presale estimate. The price includes the auction house's share of
Kennedy bought the printed copy of the 1863 document declaring
all slaves "forever free" shortly after its centennial
celebration at the White House.
It's one of 48 printed copies signed by Lincoln. Sotheby's says
about half are known to survive; 14 are in public institutions, and
eight to 10 are privately owned.
The original handwritten Emancipation Proclamation is in the
Kennedy bought the copy at Sotheby's in 1964 for $9,500.
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