Saturday, May 12, 2018

Abraham Lincoln museum may sell artifacts to pay debts

Via 4Branch

 A pair of blood-stained leather gloves President Abraham Lincoln was wearing the night of his assassination. They were displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. File Photo.


When the state first moved to buy the worn stovepipe hat more than a decade ago, one historian marveled that it was “so emblematic of Lincoln” that “people would go crazy for something like that.”

But years later, the authenticity of the beaver-fur top hat was called into question in a series of articles in the Chicago Sun-Times with experts questioning whether it could be proven that it ever belonged to Lincoln — and whether it was worth the purported $6.5 million paid for it..

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