Bidders pay millions for signed copies of Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment
May 26, 2016 at 5:29 am
Sotheby's, an international auction house, announced the winning bids via Twitter.
President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation Jan. 1, 1863, while in the midst of the Civil War. The document declares, "all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free."
Our 'Two Centuries of American History' totaled $6.2 million, led by two documents signed by President Lincoln pic.twitter.com/KD2QafcgiX— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 25, 2016
#AuctionUpdate Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln, sells to a telephone bidder for $2,170,000 pic.twitter.com/C5ZmgMuevZ — Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 25, 2016The 13th Amendment was passed in Congress January 31, 1865 and ratified December 6th, formally abolishing slavery in the United States.
So let it be written. So let it be done.
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