May 19, 2022

Debt Forcing Hunt For Lincoln-Item Auctioneers But Library Says Sale Not Yet Imminent

From the AP (via Japan Times); via

The hunt for auctioneers to sell off parts of a valuable collection of Lincoln artifacts, including an iconic stovepipe hat and gloves bloodied the night he was assassinated, to settle a $9.7 million debt began Wednesday, but the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation cautioned a sale isn’t imminent.

The foundation voted in a private meeting to begin seeking an auction house to dispose parts of the Taper collection of 1,400 items related to Lincoln in a move that foundation CEO Carla Knorowski said is necessary to meet the debt’s due date, not as a tactic to scare up state funding.

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UPDATE: State Rep Says Lincoln Auction Prep ‘Bad Sign’ (via

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